What, in your opinion, are the appropriate things to say, the parameters around reactions, the limits to expression of grief or disappointment?
What are our cultural responses to divorce?
Do we accept it too easily, chalking it up to "personal business" when really it has tremendous consequence for our shared lives?
I believe divorce is shattering and feel literally sick when someone announces an impending split.
Probably because I'm a clergy chick, I generally feel confident that my first response is, if not brilliant, then at least socially acceptable.
Part of me wishes that we would collectively refuse to accept this all-too-common announcement with our customary tactful, supportive murmurings. Part of me wants to pick something up and smash it and say, "NO! You must not divorce!"
When it comes to the death of the marriage of people we care about, should we go so gently into that good night?
What have you done to support marriage -- your own or someone else's-- today?