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2 Essential Steps Toward Healing From Divorce

By Mormon.org
A man and women separated by a wall illustrating the difficulty of divorce.

“There may be some among you who feel darkness encroaching upon you.You may feel burdened by worry, fear, or doubt. To you and to all of us, I repeat a wonderful and certain truth: God’s light is real. It is available to all!—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Hope of God’s Light

In one way or another, divorce touches many families. Those who experience divorce firsthand often feel a deep sense of personal failure. These feelings often result in depression, anxiety, and guilt.

First, know that these feelings are normal and that you are not alone. Second, remember that this life is an opportunity to grow, overcome and draw closer to Christ. No matter your circumstance now, know that there is hope on the horizon and keep that in focus.

When divorce does occur, and people begin to experience the real effects of divorce, the gospel of Jesus Christ can provide hope and healing.

Below are two things that can help you receive comfort, power, and strength to help you become whole again.

Two Essential Steps Toward Healing From Divorce

1. Seek Support from Above

God, your Heavenly Father, loves you. You can approach Him in prayer on any subject, and for any reason. There is no difficulty too large or too small for Him.

Make your prayers more personal. Study the scriptures, and read them more intently. Ponder what you read, and look for answers to your questions and concerns.

Doing these things will help you see His hand in your life.

One individual that experienced divorce reported the following: “I spent a lot of time each day praying. Sometimes I prayed for increased hope, faith, and understanding. Sometimes I prayed for strength to make it through the next five minutes. Sometimes I prayed for forgiveness, sometimes to find the strength to forgive. Many times I just cried and told Heavenly Father how much my heart hurt or how angry I was. I learned that He listens patiently and with love. I was also reassured to know that I could reach Him at any time or place. Most of all, I learned that through His Son and because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can receive power, comfort, and strength beyond our own.”

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2. Seek Support from Around

Support from those around you is an important part of the healing process. Frequently, others around you do want to help, but often are afraid of appearing too nosy.

Reach out to a religious leader who can provide much needed spiritual counsel.

You should also consider reaching out for professional help. Experienced counselors are trained in helping people move forward mentally and emotionally.

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Although divorce and its effects can be traumatic, the hope provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ can provide the healing you need.