by Fr. Dick Mevissen, CSsR
Beginning Experience International Ministry, Inc.
Many people in the devastating aftermath of the end of their marriage, either through death or divorce, wonder why they just want to be alone now. There are a couple of reasons for this (perhaps intense) desire.
The basic reason is that people who are grieving the end of their marriage find themselves feeling quite wounded amid the ruins of their couple-life which they had hoped would be “happily ever after." At a time like this, all the attempts at sympathy or advice by family members, friends, or even strangers, however well-meaning, can all be just too much! There is the natural desire, like a wounded animal, to withdraw back into one’s den to lick one’s wounds.