What you have given me, I carry with me, that is for me. What I have given you, I gave out of love and is yours to keep.

Over the years, a divorce or a broken heart can turn into chronic grief. A divorce ritual can help process this lost love. It is a way of finalising a relationship as life partners and making a fresh start as parents, for example. Consciously returning old vows and taking new mutual ones, perhaps in front of the children, can be a powerful way of letting go. It forms a solid basis for a different future, together or alone.

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