What should parents do, whose children manifest a severe degree of PA?
Most authors recommend that alienated parents persistently but gently try to stay in touch with their children, who refuse to have contact with them. That might mean once or twice a year sending a card, a short note, or a small gift. It might mean sending a greeting through an intermediary, such as a friend or relative who was not rejected by the child. It probably is a good idea to save copies of those cards and notes, since they may be intercepted by the alienating parent. There are anecdotes of reunions – years later – when the adult child realizes how much effort the alienated parent put into maintaining their relationship.