A woman takes to Reddit to ask if there is anything she can do to help her friend weather a traumatic experience. Here is her friend’s story.
Everyone Was So Happy
Alice, a 62-year-old woman, and her close friend, who is also 60 years old, have been friends for a long time. They often meet their respective husbands for dinners and activities, and they are part of a larger group of friends.
A Sad Divorce
But a year ago, Alice’s husband, Paul, who is also 60 years old, told her he was no longer happy in their marriage after almost 38 years together.
He Was Unwilling to Work on Things
This news came as a shock to Alice, and she suggested counseling, but Paul only went to one session before deciding it was not going to help.
She Was Devastated
This devastated Alice, and they ended up selling their house, even they lost money on it, and they each bought a separate house.
Despite the separation, Paul still helps Alice with some home maintenance tasks, and they are keeping things civil between them.
An Earth-Shattering Discovery
Alice seemed to cope with the separation until she found out through mutual friends at work that Paul was seeing a woman he worked with, and likely had been seeing her while they were still married.
She Hasn’t Been the Same Since
This revelation shook Alice to the core, and she has struggled to recover ever since.
Time Isn’t Healing This Wound
Even a year later, she still bursts into tears whenever she sees her friend, who is worried about her. Alice has been going to counseling, but her friend is not sure how much it is helping her.
Now Her Friend Says She’s a Downer
Despite being reluctant to visit her friend, Alice agrees to come over, but she is worried about being a downer.
Trying to Be a Good Friend Is Hard
Her friend assures her that she can cry on her shoulder anytime she wants, but she wonders if there is anything else she can do to help besides just listening.
Wondering What She Can Do to Help
She believes Alice’s state of mind is not improving, and she wonders if the fact that Alice keeps in touch with Paul and hears about him from mutual friends is keeping the pain fresh.
Is There Something She Can Do?
Although they have no children or other ties that would keep them in touch otherwise, they are still in contact.
Given the circumstances, Alice’s friend wonders if there is any way she can help her recover from this devastating situation.
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