Wish I had more contact with family: what to do?

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Discussion Summary

Explorer Mary speaks of her desire to be in closer touch with her brother's family who live in the region, but who seem distant because of their busy lives and the travel time to visit. Although she is happy with her personal living situation, she wishes her relatives would take more initiative to reach out to her, as she is usually the one who initiates contact.

This discussion is part of our series on "what I would like to change about my life or living circumstances".

The group discusses her situation and they discuss digital approaches, such as FaceTime or Skype to make visits more convenient and frequent. Other members encourage her to reach out without being embarrassed to say, "I need to hear from you." Mary will be letting the group know of the results of her initiative.

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from the San Francisco Village circle discussion February 2nd, 2016.


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Key words: 
social interaction, communication tools, loneliness, social isolation