Does it really make a difference whether or not a person chooses to fade from the Jehovah’s Witness religion or to write a disassociation letter? This podcast goes into detail providing you with information so you can make your own decision as it relates to your situation. What is suitable for one person may not be the same for another. There is no “one size fits all” approach in this case.
While some feel it makes no difference which one you choose, depending on how your family perceives it, you may be better off simply fading. However, if you have family that does everything according to the Watchtower’s rule book, then either choice may be appropriate! However, buying the necessary time to prepare yourself for the backlash when leaving the organization is a must. It is most important that you build a new clientele of friends and establish a new support group prior to leaving because once you make it known to those in your inner Watchtower circle, they will cut you off in an instant.
It is amazing that when an individual becomes a Jehovah’s Witness, they gradually stop hanging around their non-Jehovah’s Witness associates and family. In fact, the individual that is converting to the JW faith still has access to those in their lives that are not JW’s as they begin to enjoy their new friends at the Kingdom Hall. It is a very smooth transition from one to the other.
However, when individuals decide to leave the JW faith, they are cut off in an instant. The swift kick in the rear end literally makes your head swirl. Yet, those individuals that you abandoned to join this group, are always awaiting your return and in many instances, welcome you back with open arms.