Sometimes you notice a friend suddenly stops picking your calls, stops replying your sms and email. That’s the first sign that something is wrong with that friendship. When these signs are noticed, watch out.
When your messages aren’t replied, send a direct message indicating you are worried but be careful not to sound angry. You might just start an unnecessary fight. I’ve had people assume I was angry with them because I didn’t pick or return their calls but the truth is such period, I might have been going through a rough patch in my life and I didn’t want my friends interfering.
However, you need to check yourself because this could be a subtle sign. Have you snapped at your friend recently? Has your friend told you some things repeatedly but you kept doing it? Or did you cross the line while assuming everything will be better in time?
Not everyone will end a friendship dramatically. Some people simply walk away because they are tired of complaining. Others might have been building up resentment over time and have not openly expressed it. Some say nothing when they feel slighted while others just erupt.
In such situations, allow your friend to vent. Just hearing you hear them out will help diffuse the situation. When you and your friend have identified the situation, you can work through it. Then, make sure that you come up with a different way to communicate from that point forward, so that your friend will feel comfortable talking to you right away when there is an issue rather than pulling away.