When a relationship ends, both people are likely experiencing a wide range of emotions, and it’s important to create space for both people to feel and express these emotions. Be sure to listen actively to one another. This means allowing each other to process your emotions and truly listening without thinking of your response when the other person is speaking. Know that break-ups are hard, and it’s normal to feel hurt, sad, and upset. If you or the other person notices that you are feeling too dysregulated to communicate in a healthy way, try taking some space to calm down before revisiting the conversation. While it can be really challenging to listen to the pain each person is experiencing as the relationship ends, it can also be an incredibly healing and empathetic experience.

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