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Coping with the loss of a relationship

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The loss of a close friend can be tough. The loss of a spouse or long term relationship can be devastating.

We start out life expecting to make loyal friends, to keep our marriages together, to raise perfect children, and to perform our work without error. When such fail, we can become depressed, fearful or anxious, and judge ourselves.

Feelings of meaninglessness often descend upon us after a loss of a relationship. In the depression following the loss, we not only grieve but go into isolation. Not unlike a recovering alcoholic, when we are just pulling out of a divorce or separation, we need support from others around us, months or even sometimes years later.   … Continue