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How to Mend a Broken Friendship


Whether you have a broken friendship from childhood or one that was created in your older years, but eventually was broken, we are here today to help teach you ways in which you can mend a broken friendship. The first step is to think about the other person, really take in why you want to mend this broken friendship. Make sure you are trying to mend a broken friendship for the right reasons and then move forward to follow these tips:


Get Rid of Your Frustrations
Sort of like the “forgive but not forget” mentality, let go of all the frustrations that broke the friendship in the first place. You may need to see counseling for this or use tools that help you to completely remove frustration that has built up from the broken friendship. You must learn to get rid of your frustrations that stem from this broken friendship before you can fully mend the friendship.

Make Sure the Dust Has Settled
The key to mending a broken friendship is to make sure your timing is right. A broken friendship cannot be mended fully when there are still hard feelings between the two of you. Take time to let the dust settle from the fallout before you actually try to mend the friendship. Make sure you both are in a calm mindset and mood before discussing the options to mend the friendship.


Don’t Let Fear Guide You
If you are feeling fully ready to reach out to this lost friend as a means to mend the broken friendship, then do it. Don’t let fear of their response guide you, be the bigger person and reach out to this person as if extending an olive branch to see if you can’t both work to reunite the friendship lost. There’s no harm in trying.

Remove Ego
Do not let ego get in the way during the mending process of this broken friendship. When trying to mend a broken friendship be sure to use non-judgmental words with positive responses as a means to not stir up the negative feelings from your falling out. Be mindful to have compassion, empathy and no judgement during the mending process.


Visualize How to Apologize
Think about not only the words you will use to apologize to the old friend, but truly think about feeling sorry. Only apologize for the actions that you took part in that broke the friendship, avoid pointing fingers or telling the friend what they had done to break the friendship. It’s important your apology comes from the heart and is truthful.

That About Wraps It Up
There you have it, the steps to take in order to mend a broken friendship. Remember not to give up, if this friendship is important to you then continue trying to reach out to this friend. Remain hopeful that the friendship can be mended and complete actions that show this person you are willing to do the hard work to mend that broken link.

Let's discuss: What other tips do you have to share about mending a broken friendship? 

Annmarie John
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  1. These are great tips. I really struggle with things like this and will never, ever make the first move - but if someone else approached me, I might be game.

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    1. I don't mind making the first move, depending on what caused the broken friendship.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I think we've all experienced the pain of a broken friendship at least once in our lives. Sometimes, you can't fix it, but if you can, that's a wonderful feeling.

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    1. It is a great feeling if it can be fixed, if not, then just move on.

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  3. It definitely is hard mending broken friendships, but it can be worth it in the end. Sometimes though, when the relationship was damaging, it's better to let go.

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    1. Oh it can be hard but if it's a childhood friend or a friend who means a lot to you, you'll try.

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  4. This is a great post and one I'll have to work on. Unfortunately I have a broken friendship due to a friend who was mad that I didn't take her advice. Silly reason, but, it is what it is.

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    1. Oh I have a friend who stopped talking to me because of a Facebook post so I get it. I don't have any hard feelings and I wish her all the best even now.

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  5. It can be hard to swallow your pride and take the first steps toward mending a broken friendship. This is great advice for anyone looking to reconnect.

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    1. It can be tough but sometimes some friendships are worth mending.

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  6. Getting Rid of Your Frustrations is definitely something one must do if they want to mend old friendships. Sometimes you have to let the past be the past and start anew.

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    1. Sometimes that is very true. Let go of the past and just let go.

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  7. I think it's really important to set the ego aside. Once everything is settled, you just have to let those issue go and start anew.

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    1. Very true. Sometimes our egos get in the way.

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  8. A tough thing to do is to take the first step and be the one to reach out and try to do the mending.

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    1. It's our pride that keeps us from doing so but someone has to make the first move.

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  9. I think the hardest part about Mindy and your friendship is the pride and ego. Sometimes you think you're right and I think they're right and you don't want to give in. If the friendship is worth it swallow your pride.

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    1. It is so true. Often the hardest part of burying the hatchet is burying your pride.

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    2. That is true Jeanette, if the friendship is worth it, then swallow your pride.

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    3. You nailed it Pam, it is what truly keeps a lot of us from mending friendships.

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  10. These are great tips, it isn't always easy when a friendship is broken. I will have to share these tips!

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    1. No it isn't and sometimes it's very painful as well.

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  11. these things happen and are so tough to deal with! thank you for talking about it and letting us know how to resolve it!

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  12. I just mended one myself. It's worth it. Especially if its been a long term friendship.

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    1. Sometimes they are but you have to decide if it's worth it or not.

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  13. These are all really great tips! Mending a broken friendship can be hard.

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    1. It can be hard but sometimes it's worth it in the end.

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  14. These are great tips. It really is important to take your ego out of the equation.

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    1. And that's the most difficult thing for most people.

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  15. This is definitely difficult but I think you have some good strategies. Being able to communicate openly seems to help a lot.

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    1. It really does help out and you have to be able to communicate openly.

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  16. It's so hard to mend a broken friendship. Egos get in the way and hurt feelings are hard to repair, but it's important to try. I think your tips are very helpful.

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    1. It is important to at least try. Doesn't hurt to try right, if it's someone you really care for.

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  17. These are some good tips. I have had some friendships in the past that have broken for one reason or another and I have implemented these steps to repair them. Whenever I have used these steps, I have been successful in repairing my broken friendships.

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    1. Sounds like you're doing great in that department. You sure didn't need my help. :)

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  18. These are some meaningful tips on a touch topic for sure. It's certainly not an easy thing to do, especially when there is anger, frustration or hurt involved.

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  19. Not gonna lie, I have never mended a broken friendship. Thanks for the great tips. No time like the present.

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    1. And maybe you're either a good friend, or you didn't care enough to mend the ones that were broken. Which is it?

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  20. These are great tips! I think another one is don't expect an apology back even though most likely you'll receive it. Take responsibility for your part and go for it- Life is too short

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    1. Love that! Life is truly too short and if you're waiting for an apology to mend a friendship, sometimes that might never happen, but forgive, forget and move on.

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  21. Ego really destroyed everything. This is a nice post, I had a friend I haven't speak for a long time.

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    1. So sorry to hear that. Do you think that you can mend your friendship?

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  22. This is an eye opener for me. Friendship meant to last and not to be broken. Ego and pride breaks the relationship.

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    1. We wish that everything could be as they're supposed to be but you're right, our pride and egos destroy most of the things we love.

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  23. These are great tips to mending a broken friendship. It is so important to let the dust settle and to let go of your ego when mending a relationship. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and if that friendship is something that you cherish, you should try and do so.

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  24. Good tips. I had a friend where this did not work. It's such a shame when a good friendship goes bad. I had to let go as the negativity was hurting me too much.

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    1. Sometimes it won't work, both of you have to be willing to want the friendship to work. I'm glad you were able to get rid of the negativity in your life. That's no good.

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  25. I find friendships so hard as an adult. Especially having 7 kids my life just went in a completely different direction than many of my life long friends. none of our friendships are really broken, but I think they could use some mending and getting back to where we once were! So I will for sure utilize your tips! - Jeanine

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    1. As an adult I am very careful about who I let into my friendship circle but I still have lifelong friends I've had for many a years. I've also had a few that just went their separate ways but I'm good.

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  26. Like relationships, friendships take work and are not always easy. These are all great tips for reconciling with someone you can not stand to lose.

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    1. That is very true and you've got to cherish them and some friendships are just too good to let go.

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  27. This is such a great post! My mom actually had a falling out with a friend over nine years ago and now they finally mended their friendship and realized how silly the entire thing was.

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    1. It amazes me at the things that sometimes break friendships. When you look at it, you realize it wasn't worth it.

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  28. Ego is the enemy. So many friendships are broken because of that and pride. sugh

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    1. You're right and if we kept that in we'd be so much more happier.

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  29. It's always hard, isn't it? It's only happened to me a handful of times in which I wanted to mend it. And removing egos at the door. Very important. Reconnecting can take time, but it's special.

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    1. It has happened to me a few times as well. I tend to just shrug it off.

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  30. These are great tips for mending a broken friendship. I will have to try these with a friend I have not spoken to in a long time.

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    1. If this is a friend that you cherish then I would say use them and see if they work for you. Be sure not to let pride get in the way.

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing these are great tips! So tough to deal with when these things happens.

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    1. It can be tough but you can also overcome it.

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  32. What a great post. I have a few friends I have been meaning to mend friendships with but honestly had no idea where to start. This post is helpful :)

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    1. If they are true friends then you may want to mend those friendships sooner rather than later.

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  33. These are great tips! Removing ego is so important to keep the friendship alive

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    1. It sure is Rika and that's what keeps a lot of friendships from being put back together.

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