Providing Emotional Support to Others During Their Virginia Divorce

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

When someone is getting divorced, they are undergoing a major life change that can trigger stress, anxiety and grief. If someone you care about is going through a Virginia divorce, you can be a source of comfort and emotional support. Listed below are a few pointers on how to be a source of strength for someone during this difficult time:

  • A listening ear is the best thing you can offer to a loved one going through a Virginia divorce. Let the person vent and speak about his or her feelings.
  • Feel free to suggest books and resources that might be helpful during a divorce. If you have been through a Virginia divorce yourself, you can suggest coping strategies that worked for you.
  • It’s best not to focus on the divorce all the time. You can help your friend by joining him or her on pleasurable, relaxing outings such as shopping trips, walks, or shows.
  • While bringing casseroles in a time of grief is somewhat of a cliché, providing some meals to your loved one during their Virginia divorce can be a real help. Sometimes people don’t have the energy or inclination to cook and eat during stressful times.
  • It’s best not to push someone into a new relationship after a Virginia divorce. Rebound relationships rarely work out well, and could lead to more heartbreak in the long run.
  • Make sure that you don’t get lost in your loved one’s divorce crisis. Spending all your time and energy being supportive can lead to burn out.

If you think your loved one might be seriously depressed or traumatized, suggest professional help in the form of therapy.

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The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.