The Things Girlfriends Do For Each Other During Divorce

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

In this week’s Love Essentially, I wrote about the power of female friendships and what women are willing to do for each other. What I found so interesting and notable was that when I posted on Facebook, asking women to comment on an incredible thing a girlfriend had done for them, I received dozens of responses from women who gave examples of what their girlfriends had done for them during divorce. It was truly beautiful to read all the responses; acts of kindness and giving and thoughtfulness done to help women during and after divorce.


There’s a special power in friendships between women 

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

The other day, I walked into the locker room at my gym to find a woman standing there with blood on her face and shirt. A few other women were standing around her.


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I asked someone what had happened and found out the woman had slipped and fallen a few minutes earlier on ice outside.

One woman was blotting the injured woman’s chin with a towel, another was offering her some water and a third was gently stroking her hair. The woman’s purse was next to her and I noticed there was blood on it. I quickly went to a nearby sink, got a paper towel, wet it and was planning to wipe off the purse. But when I got back, someone else was already doing that.

Watching everyone help this woman made me stop and think about the unique beauty of female friendships.

Long before the #MeToo movement, women have listened to, leaned on, supported, encouraged and inspired one another. As friends, sisters, acquaintances, coworkers — and even strangers, sometimes — we get each other’s backs, we root for each other and we’re here for one another during even the most difficult times.

Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.

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Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

One Response to “The Things Girlfriends Do For Each Other During Divorce”

  1. Alexander Jacques Sabucido

    The points in this article are actually accurate as to what friends do during and after divorce.


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