Grief comes in many forms and does not only appear when a person experiences the passing of a loved one. Similarly, loss also comes in different forms, and many Florida residents my find themselves feeling grief over the loss of their marital relationship after divorce. These feelings can affect those who initiated the proceedings and those who may have been caught by surprise by the other spouse’s desire to end the marriage. No matter the case, it is important to realize that these feelings are normal and acceptable.
It is not unusual for couples to divorce after spending years or even decades together. As a result, they may mourn the loss of the relationship because it has been something in their lives for so long. Even if they know that not being together is the best for everyone, it can still be difficult to move on.
Fortunately, individuals in this type of situation can take steps to help themselves recognize their grief, work through it and move forward in life. Some of those steps include:
- Having patience with oneself while going through the grieving process
- Coming to an acceptance that the relationship and marriage is over
- Understanding that it is OK to feel the myriad emotions that can come with divorce
- Avoiding holding on to blame for either oneself or one’s ex-spouse
- Focusing on personal hopes for the future
- Seeking help from friends, family and professionals when needed
Grief can feel overwhelming at times and having these feelings about a divorce is not uncommon. Having help and support during this time could help Florida residents get through the legal proceedings associated with their marriage dissolution cases as smoothly as possible. A smooth transition may help lessen the negative feelings possibly relating to the ordeal.