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Reality Bites -- When Relationships End

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There is one fact of life we can all agree on:  that what begins must end.  This is the way our world works and the rule applies to relationships.  Be it by breakup, divorce or death all relationships, even the best ones, must eventually come to an end.  This week in the last of a four episode series on relationship issues, Ken and Beth discuss the issues surrounding the end of relationships.  Perhaps for some the end of a relationship is a cause for celebration, but for others it is cause for muchsorrow, self-doubt and introspection.  Most of us have experienced a breakup, divorce or the death of a spouse during our lifetimes.  How did you deal with the reality of the situation?  The death of a spouse is a very final thing. They are gone and, if they were beloved, the loss can reverberate in one's life for years causing problems with potential new relationships. How do you honor the memory of a dead spouse and move on with your life at the same time?  The loss of a boyfriend or girlfriend or a spouse due to breakup or divorce is not as complete as in death because they are not dead and are often still tied to us in various ways like child custody among others.  Sometimes the ex is in one's circle of friends which often makes for some awkwardness in social situations.  It some ways, the loss of a close  relationship partner is like an anti-type of death and the psychological hurt associated with the loss can be just as severe.  The grieving process works the same for both types of loss.  After a breakup or divorce, sometimes the former partners are very angry and want no further interaction, but sometimes the breakup is more amicable and the partners don't harbor animosity for each other.  How do these people find equilibrium in their new relationship status as "friends"?  Call in and join the conversatioin.