When you're having a problem, isn't it a comfort to talk to someone who has "been there, done that?" Healing from the trauma of divorce and separation in isolation is extremely difficult, and may even be hazardous to your health. There's something comforting about being with others who understand the painful process and lifestyle alterations of divorce: lots of heads nodding in agreement while you talk of your suffering and your accomplishments can be healing indeed. According to research, one of the many benefits a group can offer is a boost to the immune system! Some groups not only offer support, but also help fight for their members' rights and advocate for social and political change. And, in helping others, you will find yourself moving a little more quickly in the healing process.
If your previous circle of mutual friends is no longer available to you, you may have to make your way alone in an unfamiliar world, and this can be a frightening experience. This is where a group of "fellow travelers" can be helpful. But how do you know what kind of group is right for you?