A divorce or breakup is painful
because it represents the loss, not just of the relationship,
but also of shared dreams and commitments. Romantic
relationships begin on a high note of excitement and hope for
the future. When these relationships fail, we experience
profound disappointment, stress, and grief.
A breakup or divorce launches us into
uncharted territory. Everything is disrupted: your routine and
responsibilities, your home, your relationships with extended
family and friends, and even your identity. A breakup brings
uncertainty about the future. What will life be like without
your partner? Will you find someone else? Will you end up alone?
These unknowns often seem worse than an unhappy relationship.
Recovering from a breakup or divorce
is difficult. However, it’s important to know (and to keep
reminding yourself) that you can
and will move on. But
healing takes time, so be patient with yourself.