Grief: The emotional component of the divorce process

A Florida divorce is literally the dissolution of a marriage contract, and typically represents a major life change for both spouses—one that often triggers a number of difficult and unpleasant feelings. Unlike the legal aspect, the emotional challenges cannot necessarily be put on paper and dealt with logically. However, MentalHelp.net explains that there are methods for coping that can lessen the effects and help a person move on more quickly.

The sadness caused by the loss of the relationship often causes people to swing from numbness, depression and denial to anger and fear. Many find that talking about it helps, whether to a family member, a support group or a mental health professional. Putting away the reminders of the former relationship and prioritizing tasks can also make a difference as a person attempts to move forward.

HelpGuide.org urges those who have recently gone through a breakup to acknowledge the practical and emotional losses that come with the end of the relationship. For example, a person may lose financial support and plans for the future as well as the companionship shared with another. It is important to grieve over the losses, but also to be open to developing new plans as time goes on.

As part of the grieving process, many newly single person benefit from self-care. This may include engaging in favorite activities, developing a safe and predictable routine, eating well and exercising. Even though these things may help, it may also be a good idea for someone who is struggling to take a break from being fully functional for a while to work through the emotional trauma of the divorce.

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