Tuesday, March 24, 2009

pastoral care and divorce recovery

I sat with a group of 6 people today. In the course of a rolling conversation, 4 of the 6 shared how hard they are finding life because they are currently watching their children, and their friends children, face broken marriages. I hear talk of Divorce Recovery groups. But, I asked, Do we need Parents Watching Divorce Recovery Groups?

All the heads nodded.

As divorce statistics rise, it is not just those being divorced who need care. It is those who watch helplessly as the lives of their kids get torn apart. What does justice and reconciliation mean for parents, who have invested so much in the dreams of their children?

Posted by steve at 09:55 PM


  1. Thanks for this post. Sometimes I think the church is also a sort of helpless onlooker to the question of the pain divorce can cause – and also sometimes too silent about the possibilites for new life after divorce.
    for pastors it can also be a minefield trying to support in a non-judgemental way separating parents, children and grandparents – very hard

    Comment by jane — March 25, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  2. Yes Jane. And the silence of the church makes it worse I think. That’s why I wonder if offering a parents of divorce recovery group might actually be a way to say something.


    Comment by steve — March 25, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

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