Webster’s dictionary defines Re-invention as “the action or process through which something is changed so much that it appears to be entirely new.” Re-invention is uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but it can also be healing and empowering. As much as it can be about “loss” and “ending,” divorce can also provide a path back to ones-self – a “birth” or” beginning” of a new chapter. In truth, it’s not one or the other – it’s both. There will inevitably be sadness, mourning, anger and dismay. There is also the opportunity for growth.

Separation, Divorce, Marriage and Marital Reconciliation rank as 4 of the top 10 most stressful life events according to medical research conducted by Dr. Thomas Holmes and Dr. Richard Rahe. In the 1960’s they studied (and later developed a ranking system for) the most stressful life events as a way of potentially predicting risk for medical illness.

In helping hundreds of clients navigate the often painful, disruptive, uncertain and incredibly stressful process of divorce, I have witnessed many shared experiences – common regrets, and mutual avenues for emerging on the other side stronger.emerging on the other side stronger.

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