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Healing after a divorce using the 5 stages of grief

When a couple goes through a divorce, even if it is an amicable one, it is still an emotional and stressful time. Some observers suggest that, in order to heal after a divorce, one of the best ways to approach the situation is to use the five stages of grief. These stages are denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. Even though divorce is different for every couple in Colorado, following these steps may help build a path to a quicker and healthier recovery.

Arguably, the most well-known stage of grief is denial. When going through a divorce, it is important to face the fact that the marriage is ending, instead of dwelling on denial. At this point, it is easy to become angry at this fact and at how a spouse may have acted inappropriately, but addressing these feelings and finding healthy anger outlets will be more beneficial in the long run.

Depression may be easier dealt with if the focus is shifted from the situation at hand by doing something new, such as starting a new hobby or other interest. Instead of bargaining, the separating spouses may gain by trying to forgive one another for anything that they may have done that led to the divorce. Finally, accepting that the marriage is over and moving on in a healthy way is typically the most beneficial mindset to have.

It can be easy to get caught up in the stress of divorce, and at times, it may feel as if the stress is overwhelming. In Colorado, there is help available for separating spouses to seek guidance on the specifics and technical aspects of the divorce process. This assistance will likely work to reduce stress and set both parties on the path to recovery.

Source: oaoa.com, "CENTERS PIECE: Divorce self-care", Marie Almond, June 16, 2014

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