I was dismissed a while ago (for sickness absence) and was given 12 weeks notice. I was so distressed at the time that I never returned to the school. I taught there for nearly 25 years and officially finished today. No farewell, no cards, no best wishes, no thank you, no recognition of my past hard work and dedication. I feel so utterly sad and lost and don't know how to 'come to terms' with this. I just want to know what others think about it. Am I so wrong to expect some kind of acknowledgement? Even from colleagues who have also shown no recognition. I feel as though I never existed. It's almost impossible to bear.