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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 15

Death of a Marriage

Grief from divorce

Emotional reactions

Affected family members

Recovering from divorce

Grieving over a divorce is different in some ways than grieving over the breakup of a romantic relationship. In a marriage, you take vows to stay together for the rest of your lives. On your wedding day, you feel totally in love with your partner and believe your love will last forever. You have a dream of how your future will look, including an idealized relationship with your husband or wife.

The two of you build on those vows, creating a life together, which may involve children. A divorce shatters that life. You have to grieve the loss of your marriage, your life as it was, the shared plans and commitments, and the future ...

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