Many people forget that divorce is just as emotional for someone as the decision to get married was. Despite the fact that the marriage has soured and is no longer viable, divorces often come with a heavy sense of sadness, loneliness, and even deep feelings of failure. If you or someone you know has recently gone through a divorce, you may be wondering what you can do to help ease the pain of a broken marriage.
The best thing you can do if you or someone you know has recently divorced, is to understand and recognize when a recent divorcee needs a little extra emotional help and support. Some recently divorced people think that it is best to keep themselves surrounded by friends and loved ones in the immediate aftermath of the divorce. This affirming and loving presence of friends and family assures the recent divorcee that they are still loved and respected and can help ward off feelings of loneliness during this difficult life transition.
For some recent divorcees, however, surrounding themselves with friends, family, and loved ones is not enough to help process the feelings that they may be experiencing in the wake of the divorce proceedings. It is in these cases that the recent divorcee should seek professional help. There are many support groups that exist, including several in the state of Washington, to help recent divorcees cope. Additionally, there are therapists who have devoted their careers to helping recent divorcees process their feelings about their marriage and divorce.