I am lucky to have been brought up in a loving and close knit family. My mother died eight years ago, but we still have my Dad and I have two brothers, one sister-in-law and an ex sister-in-law to whom we all remain close. I also have six lovely adult nieces and nephews.
The problem is my sister-in-law. She has been married to my brother for 32 years and was one of my best friends in my teenage years and well into their marriage. She has had her struggles in life and we have always tried to be supportive, but she has made in increasingly clear in the last few years that she wants nothing to do with our side of the family. I have no idea why although I have asked my older brother on many occasions.
My younger brother used to be very close to my older brother, but is absolutely fed up of the way he is treated by our sister-in-law. This is really impacting on the relationship between my two brothers. They have always been close, but when they ever did have the odd fall out I would act as mediator, and they each have done the same in the event of other minor family squabbles.
I know my older brother is under tremendous pressure and I know my younger brother is incredibly hurt. Can I smooth things over? My sister-in-law is an absolute lost cause, I have tried for years and years. I just want my brothers to re-establish their close relationship. Is there anything I can do?
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