My husband and myself used to be witnesses, but not for quite a long while now. Every last member of both our families are witnesses so I guess we're the proverbial black sheep, but we haven't been disfellowshiped or have me disassociated, just drifted quietly away.
My husbands grandfather, who is ninety-seven now, suffered a stroke a year ago. He spent several months in hospital. All he wanted to do was go back home or if he couldn't do that then live with members of his family but none of them could have him with them and some just wouldn't!
My husband has always been very close to this elderly gentle man and we approached the family and the grand father and asked if we could have him live with us.
The reaction from the JW relatives was akin to us offering to sell Grandpa for medical research.
We were finally told by my father in law that we were not suitable as we did not attend the meetings and so they put Grandpa in a Surrey nursing home one hundred miles from all of us where he lives with non witnesses and strangers.
We are worse even than them!
Worse still , visits to him by family members are few and far between and he is now wasting away.
He has no control as he was conned into signing an Enduring Power of Attorney that gives his son total control of the rest of his poor father's life.
As I"ve said before when I've posted on this site:
'..by their works you will know them.'