The moment when we end a relationship - or have an ending thrust upon us - is almost always exquisitely painful.
But of course it's not just the moment of break up that hurts. The aftermath, as we recover, is arguably just as painful not least because it lasts longer - sometimes for years. After the early 'phoney war' of feeling convinced that reconciliation is just around the corner, or of feeling relieved that the vicious arguments are now over, it is then that the long-term suffering begins.
Yes, some of us 'keep calm and carry on', and parting...
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