Family is important. There are countless books, TV shows, and films telling us this one simple fact. We are reminded about this every time a holiday comes around, at birthdays, anniversaries, and significant life events. Unfortunately, sometimes we lose touch with our family. However, don’t despair, there are many ways to get back in touch.
This may lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, even if you have an abundance of friends. As the saying goes ‘blood is thicker than water’ and nothing can ever truly replace a great family.
Life events can cause us to drift from relatives and friends alike, but fortunately, there are ways to bridge this gap.
There are many reasons why families may lose touch. This may include moving away or being overwhelmed with daily life, or perhaps you argued once upon a time that never really got resolved. Whatever the reason, if you want to get back in touch then you definitely can.
Many Ways to Get Back In Touch
Thanks to technology, reaching out has never been easier, and staying connected is far more manageable than it has ever been before.
Social networks are making the world smaller, and showcasing snippets of life to ensure that those we wish to connect to stay up-to-date with where we are and what we’re doing.
There are also other ways to stay in touch, such as:
- reunion events
- annual letters
- specially designed services.
Is your family on Facebook? You can find and ‘friend’ them. If they have email, you can easily shoot them a message. What about LinkedIn? You can pop into their inbox. If they have a smartphone you can stay in touch via call, message, WhatsApp, or any other of the thousands of communication applications now on offer worldwide. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Skype…all of these things make the world smaller. They all seem daunting to begin with, but once you get the hang of a platform you’ll be reaching out to more and more lost contacts.
With all of these things, you can take advantage of multiple approaches. Social media, letters in the mail, postcards, text messages, emails, videos…it’s all possible in this modern society we have been blessed with. Have a video conference with family across the globe and hear their voice, or ask for photographs of birthdays and celebrations that you weren’t able to attend. Ask a friend or close family member to help you with this; you may find that your relatives are doing exactly the same, as they too seek to reconnect.
Reunion events are a great way to stay in touch with family.
Don’t just invite those you don’t see often, be sure to add those you don’t really know, as well as those you know and love very well.
- Bring family photos
- Show mementoes
- Swap stories
- Share your history across the generations
Not only will this form a sense of community and belonging, but you’ll form friendships with your family and uncover secrets and stories that you never imagined could be true.
An Annual Letter?
A great way to ensure that these events happen is via annual letter.
You can do this as a holiday tradition and send it out far and wide – catching everyone up on your life and asking for them to do the same. It doesn’t even have to be yearly, you could send a message every week, month, or quarter if you wish it. Simply remind those you love that you are here and that you’d love to hear from them. It may be all they need to reach back and hold onto their contact with you.
Finding the Hard-To-Find
For those relatives that may prove hard to find, there are specialised services and genealogy websites to assist. You could find a cousin that your mother always mentioned, or a niece you lost contact with. You could even search your family history, putting together a family tree to share with all those you reconnect with.
It is never too late to reconnect with family, and there is rarely a reason not to reach out to form bonds with those who share our blood. Make friends of your family, and be sure to not let them go once they’ve been found again.