What Do You Do When You Can’t Let Go Of A Past Relationship?
By Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
You haven’t laughed in weeks. Pain, loneliness and tears have become part of your normal, everyday life. And hopelessness envelops your soul because the thought of ever finding love again seems impossible.
Ever been in this place after a bad breakup? I sure have.
Fortunately, and even though it might take some time, most heartbroken men and women eventually find peace with a relationship gone bad. They move on, and, hopefully, they find love again over time.
But what do you do when you find yourself, years later, still unable to let go of a past relationship and move on?
That’s what’s happening with this reader:
It’s been over three years since my ex-wife and I separated. I’ve tried to move on and have found myself stuck in my grief. I’ve never actually reached the stage of acceptance. Part of the reason is that the connection my ex and I shared was so strong. We were the best of friends as well as lovers, and I’m not so sure I will ever get to experience that again. I feel paralyzed and have considered that maybe I am truly afraid to be happy because sadness and grief are so familiar to me.
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