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How to cope with the grief of divorce

Grief is normal for one going through a divorce in Connecticut, especially a bitter divorce. Once the person has truly accepted in his or her mind that the divorce is imminent, the process of dealing with the grief can begin. It isn't an easy process -- there are many stages, and each needs to be experienced and processed individually -- sometimes being revisited again later on. With the right approach and self-awareness, the process doesn't have to be crippling and can actually lead to self-improvement and a happier life.

Anger is a normal emotion. It provides energy and motivation to act and shields one from fully experiencing some more difficult emotions like sadness or loneliness. If left unchecked, however, anger can be destructive. The trick to anger is to reap its benefits without letting it get out of control. Experience it, use it and then move on.

Once anger subsides, one can begin to look more subjectively at the situation and begin to consider his or her own contribution to the divorce. Rarely is divorce really one-sided. Accepting one's own faults and shortcomings will allow him or her to move to the next stage of the grief process: compassion and gratitude for the other spouse. It may seem impossible or even ridiculous at first, but once this stage is reached, empathy and understanding can help to see the other spouse in a different light. Realizing that he or she is also dealing with loneliness, sadness and grief can help one move to a stage of compassion for the other spouse and gratitude for the life and experiences that have been shared.

Outside support is imperative for navigating these stages of overcoming grief. A trained therapist can provide an unbiased view of the situation and advice on a healthy approach to each stage of the process. A support group can provide camaraderie and help with the loneliness that divorce produces. An experienced divorce attorney will provide guidance in navigating the Connecticut legal system and will help keep the focus on productivity and moving forward. With the right attitude and support system one can navigate through the stages of grief and on to a happier, healthier life.

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  • Hi Yuliana and Attorney Prince, Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to meet with me. I really appreciated how compassionate you were while listening to my situation, even through my tears. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information with me. I left feeling very hopeful that when the dust settles, I’ll be ok.
  • Wendy helped guide us through a very difficult and emotional process and was really able to provide an even and fair account for both parties. It's quite evident in her expertise in this area but the way she was able to make you feel safe and secure in a very insecure time goes far beyond her legal prowess. If the two parties are really willing to cooperate and collaborate, she's there to help gain the best possible solution for all involved, especially if there are children.
  • Regardless of how committed one is to the fact that divorce may be imminent and necessary, it is truly one of the most emotional and stressful situations one can experience. It can also be daunting. Wendy has a remarkable ability to cut through the noise and help you focus on the big picture while drilling down on what is most pertinent to your particular situation., they are a formidable team who work collectively with your best interests in mind.
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