Thursday, January 01, 2009

HEALING THROUGH SEPARATION

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

 

From TODAY, Voices

Monday December 29, 2008

 

By Dr Bill Maier

 

Marriage is designed to be a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman. But sometimes conflicts become so great and unhealthy that the only solution is a time of separation. Some counsellors even recommend it – but only in severe cases.

 

When marriages become so entrenched in conflict that the couple can’t seem to talk without getting into an argument, something has to give. And sometimes the best approach is through a cooling-off period. This gives each partner time to think rationally, and to work on their personal and spiritual growth. It’s also a good time to seek counsel and support.

 

But it’s important not to think of a separation as a precursor to divorce. It should only be done as a means of rebuilding and strengthening a troubled marriage. And only under the guidance of a good counsellor.

 

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