Holding Space for Divorce


Are you going through a separation/divorce?

Whether you work formally as a mental health practitioner supporting individuals through divorce, whether you are a child of divorce, whether you are trying to make sense of your own divorce, or support those you love who are hurting from this pain ~ you are welcome.

Holding Space for Divorce
~ Self-paced, online course ~

Throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, all Institute online courses are $100 USD ~ open to all.

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“Divorce is a painful, life-altering event like a death—but without any of the support or rituals.”

~Michelle Lamar, writing for the Huffington Post

Perhaps you feel helpless watching loved ones struggle and suffer as they strive to let go of a once treasured relationship. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by the intensity of hurt, betrayal, and anger that have taken the place of what once was a loving union? Or, perhaps your separation/divorce was amicable/positive and you want to understand how to support friends/family who are struggling with their own losses?

What does it mean to hold space for divorce?


In three 2-hour pre-recorded modules, Amy Wright Glenn applies key insights drawn from her studies of grief, loss, and death ~ to the topic of divorce. Amy wrote her second book while going through a divorce and will apply aspects of wisdom gained from her own journey with research-based studies on the subject of the endings of committed relationships.

Module topics include:

  1. Companioning through divorce

Drawing upon the work of Alan Wolfelt, founder of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, Amy applies the companioning model of bereavement care to the hurt, pain, confusion, relief, and powerful life change that divorce entails. Individuals going through a divorce often feel a wide range of contrasting emotions ~ and companioning provides a powerful space for integration of deep change and personal reconciliation of one’s past, present, and future.

  1. Strengthening support networks

In this module, Amy guides participants to consider how we can strengthen support networks around divorced or divorcing individuals, and their children. Which circles of support can be solid guides through the tumultous change of divorce? What research based best practices exist with regard to supporting the lives of children post-divorce. This modules also explores the complexity of adult children who parents divorce in later age. How can we strengthen support networks for all involved in the death, and rebirth, that divorce brings?

  1. The healing power of ritual

To conclude the course, Amy explores how rituals can serve as powerful points of healing for divorcing families, couples, and individuals. Whether the divorce ritual itself involves a public ritual of letting go of vows, while affirming a commitment to stay connected positively for the sake of the children, or it entails a private letting go ceremony of an individual’s own design ~ rituals mark significance, time, and shifts in our lives with intentionality. Drawing upon the power of ritual with mindfulness, and in the spirit of companioning, embodies powerful medicine in a culture where nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce yet we lack any significant way of marking this difficult life change.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi