WHEN A FRIENDSHIP COMES TO AN END…
Fourteen years after the split, Suzanne Wilson Phillips still has some fond memories of her friend Melissa*. “She was really fun and bubbly,” says the Toronto-based mental-health counsellor. “On a Saturday night, she was the life of the party.”
But over the course of their five-year friendship, Wilson Phillips often felt neglected when her pal revelled in the spotlight. “Melissa never had my back,” says the 43-year-old. The tipping point came when Melissa tried to sabotage Wilson Phillips’s new romantic connection. “I decided we couldn’t be friends anymore.”
As Wilson Phillips learned, ending a friendship is a complex process, wrought with pitfalls and pain. Here’s how to get through-and over-it.