Working through your own divorce is a nightmare, especially when kids are involved and the concept of empathy is even more difficult when attempting to practice it in normal interactions, so how can we best help our friends transition through this difficult process? In his new post, Mark Banschick outlines the divorce process, the 5 stages of grief we should be on the lookout for and provides a very helpful paragraph on things to avoid when a friend opens up to you on this topic.
- You need to be a friend rather than a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.
- A person going through a divorce has to work through the grieving process, as divorce represents the death of a marriage.
- Do not over-identify with your friend’s anger and encourage them to make bad decisions they might regret later.
“If you have a friend or family member going through a divorce, it can be difficult to know how to handle the personality changes that come with the process.”