I'm not sure if there is a word to describe the feeling I get when I think about a past relationship were we once were deeply connected and now we are simply strangers.

I was hoping to get some words that can express this feeling.

  • Sorry about that, but perhaps it is up to you to tell us how you feel, we can't know that. It could be happiness, sadness, nostalgia, remorse, even guilt; or various feelings at different times. Jun 26, 2018 at 19:15
  • Thanks, sorry I realize now I didn't give much detail in terms of what I am feeling. It is close to nostalgia with a bit of sadness that its over but happiness that it happened.
    – Mike Le
    Jun 26, 2018 at 19:29
  • Still unclear, sorry. "It happened" - started or ended? The emotional world is complex. A relationship may have been wonderful, but went sour, so the happiness could refer to either. A relationship can end for many reasons, some purely practical. Jun 26, 2018 at 19:34
  • angst, relief, melancholy, giddiness, sorrow... Your question is unclear.
    – Jim
    Jun 26, 2018 at 20:43
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    You now feel alienated from the person. Alienation.
    – Lambie
    Jun 26, 2018 at 21:48

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from your question...

"...now we are simply strangers."

From Merriam Webster:

having lost former closeness and affection : in a state of alienation from a previous close or familial relationship


...now we are estranged

  • Perhaps I should not have replied to this, but in the past I have been scolded for posting answers in the comment section. ...still a little confused about what constitutes a close-worthy Q for lack of research, or lack of clarity. Jun 26, 2018 at 21:30
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    Me too. I was even suspended from ze ozzer forem for over-posting and misinformation. That said, I think estranged or alienated works well here.
    – Lambie
    Jun 26, 2018 at 21:50


a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time

A nostalgia for his college days.


It is close to nostalgia with a bit of sadness that its over but happiness that it happened.

As in:

Overall, I felt enriched when reflecting on our past relationship.

enrich TFD

  1. To make fuller, more meaningful, or more rewarding

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