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A Relationship Broken

Contemplating the end of a relationship (what has more traditionally been called marriage) is one of the most stressful of all life events. Regardless of whether one makes the decision to leave, or one is told by the other that s/he has decided to leave, the experience is wrenching. It can be no less wrenching if the decision is mutual.

One is savaged by feelings of anger, betrayal, grief, and loss. There is emotional devastation. Will one ever experience solace, much less happiness? Is there life after divorce? There must be.

We are aware that in the 21st century divorce is commonplace. According to the National Bureau of Health Statistics, no less than forty-two percent of first marriages end in divorce. Sixty-seven percent of second marriages end in divorce and seventy-three percent of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.

How do the challenges of mid-life contribute to the break-up of relationships? How can relationships be renewed and strengthened?  What are your thoughts and experiences?

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