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dealing with the grief of loss

When you lose someone that is close to you, getting past the grief can be difficult and can take a very long time. So, how to you get past that grief without it consuming you? When I lost my husband to a car accident, I struggled for months trying to find my footing. I missed a lot of work, couldn't pay my bills and had a difficult time getting out of bed each morning. That was until I began going to grief counseling. This was one thing that I never thought that I would do, but it has helped me in so many ways. To learn about some of the tools that I have been using to get past this difficult time, visit my website.


dealing with the grief of loss

When Meddling Family Members Invade Your Marriage: Can Counseling Help?

Pedro Carr

Family meddling is often portrayed by Hollywood as a funny thing but it's not actually humorous when it actually happens to you. If you have a meddling in-law, their behavior can actually invade your marriage, leading to some very un-funny complications that weaken or even break-up an otherwise happy union.

Symptoms of Potentially Toxic Meddlers

A lot of family (and friends) may meddle with good intentions, either offering advice from their own experiences or simply trying to help; however, when it turns into interference or makes you and/or your spouse feel bad about yourselves, each other, or how you're living your lives, that can invade a marriage in a negative way. If you find yourselves arguing or questioning various aspects of your marriage after being around a toxic family member, the meddling has gone too far. Once the meddling crosses your boundaries, you know you have to act.

How They Can Adversely Affect Your Marriage

If in-laws aren't approving of either you or your spouse or your actions, that's a division that can be hard for any couple to absorb. What they say is hurtful, but it can also be divisive. You and your spouse may feel self-conscious, begin dreading any family event, and boom, you could have a major stressor in your lives that can lead to a number of marital issues.

What a Counselor Can Do for You and Your Spouse

Marriage is a lot of work even when you don't have anyone meddling in it. Seeing a marriage counselor isn't some admission that there's something wrong with the marriage you work hard at; rather, it shows that you both want to work harder at having a solid, happy union. Take turns telling a counselor what's going on with the meddlers and they'll help you:

  • Form a united front you need to stay strong in the presence of interfering family
  • Understand how you can defend each other without creating a ballistic family incident
  • Create a stronger bond between you as a communicative couple
  • Let go of the toxicity, as opposed to letting it get between you
  • Build the self-esteem you need to not be brought down by criticism and interference

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for example, focuses on the emotional response to certain stressful situations, such as having to cope with meddling family members. It can help couples realize (become cognitive of) your behavior and open the door for a counselor to suggest alternative responses to these painfully negative encounters. Once you and your spouse adapt your behavior, you can repel rather than absorb the negativity or toxicity. You can work on building yourselves up as a team

While you may remember a lot of laughs at the movies or in your own living room while watching Hollywood's interpretation of family humor, if you have a meddling family member, you know it's anything but funny. Work together with your spouse on these issues that would otherwise threaten your marriage and ask a marriage counselor to step in, too. Contact local marriage counseling services to learn more.