Skeletons in the Closet: Let Them Out and Watch Them Dance


Every family has secrets and difficult stories that they would rather not share. They are the “skeletons in the closet” that can evoke shame, embarrassment, pain, sadness, anger or other negative connotations when they first come to light. While most professionals agree that exposing skeletons to daylight is a good thing, one must be sensitive to the potential emotional impact of these stories on individuals within a family and proceed tactfully. When families explore their history and let the skeletons out and watch them dance, it can help current family members clarify their values and recognize that amends can be made.

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