GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - When we marry, most couples have a huge party to mark the occasion! More and more couples are now doing the same if they divorce. Rather then celebrate the demise of their union, it can be a ritual or celebration to signify the beginning of a new life and a fresh start that can bring closure to a painful life experience. Divorced couples that have done this report that it helped them move forward after their divorce.
The most interesting thing about the divorce party is that some couples even had one together and invited all of their friends. The result was that their friends did not feel the need to chose sides and did feel they could remain friends with both of them. It also allowed the couple to continue to be in the same social circles without feeling uncomfortable.
The Unitarian Church actually has a ritual that they provide for their members when divorcing. It is held in church and is called a Celebration of Hope. At any time the participants are ready, either before or after the divorce, the couple, a minister and friends and family gather in church to bear witness to the couple’s starting over. The minister acknowledges that it marks the ending of great pain and brings sadness, disappointment and apprehension, but also relief and hope for the future. Children can be included, which may help them accept the divorce, because the couple affirm they will value the past and enter a new respectful relationship.
There is also the other side of the coin where newly divorcee’s throw a divorce party complete with a coffin for the wedding ring (yep, you can order a solid wood, velvet lined ring coffin online), a wedding cake with a topper that shows the groom (or bride if you are a man) headless and spewing blood down the cake and party favors celebrating the new singlehood of the person of honor. No affirmation to value the past here, only an attempt to be rid of the demons brought up by the failure of marriage.
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