There are a lot of things that can come into a marriage that can have a real affect on the health of the relationship. We think about financial issues, infidelity and growing apart, but another area that we can’t really control can leave a huge strain on even the healthiest relationships and that’s grief.
I have been married for about 9 years now and in that time, my husband and I have weathered the storm through 12 miscarriages. Grief and loss can have a huge impact on a marriage and whether that’s through perinatal grief, the death of a child, friend, or family member. A study conducted in 1999 titled “When a Child Dies“ by The Compassionate Friends organization showed that while 72% of marriages survive the death of a child, a marriage never really is the same.
Each marriage is different, as is each situation so it’s important to evaluate what each of you need for your situation. Here are 10 ways you can help protect your marriage through loss and grief:
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