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There is no such thing as a painless divorce. The breakup of a marriage, even for the spouse who initiates the divorce, is often accompanied by sadness, sorrow and stress. The emotions associated with divorce are so profound that many people turn to divorce support groups.
“People who have been through a particularly challenging phase of life can offer a special brand of empathy,” writes Dawn Bradley Berry in her book, “The Divorce Recovery Sourcebook.”
Different Forms of Divorce Support Groups
Support groups come in all forms. Some of them primarily focus on emotional issues. Others deal with the problems associated with single-parenting, self-esteem and anger.
In many cases, divorce affects more than just the spouses and even their children. Family, friends, relationships, identities — all are likely to be hurt or changed with a divorce breaks up a marriage.
Support groups offer help to cope with the changes wrought by divorce.
There are many support groups established to help people who have recently been divorced. One example is Divorce Dialogue, a Los Angeles support group for men and women who are separated, divorced or considering either.
Divorce, Not a Single Event
“Divorce is a journey, not a single event, during which men and women transition from being part of a couple to becoming single,” says Rob Kaufman, a licensed psychotherapist who founded Divorce Dialogue. “While no one ever marries planning to divorce, it sometimes happens. When it does, the goal is to begin as two, end as one, and still feel whole.”
(Sources: Divorcedex; Divorce Dialogue)
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