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Why throwing a divorce party may be a good idea - Part I

Our readers may or may not be familiar with the concept of divorce parties. Divorce parties are a relatively new phenomenon. Essentially, these gathering serve as either a celebration of one’s newly single life or as an observance that an individual is transitioning from one phase of life to the next.

In American culture, it is not uncommon for loved ones to gather and to ultimately show their support for a loved one by celebrating a specific life event or transition. For example, parties are often thrown for individuals who are engaged, who are expecting children, who are retiring, who are graduating and who are otherwise transitioning into new phases of life. In this sense, divorce parties are not really different from other life event celebrations.

You may understandably wrinkle your nose at the thought of hosting a divorce party or attending one on your behalf. However, if you view this kind of celebration as an opportunity to allow your loved ones to show their support for you (and for your kids, if you have kids) you may ultimately find the idea to be appealing.

It is also worth noting that you may choose to observe your divorce transition in other ways. For example, you may feel that a vacation with friends is more your style than a party would be. Similarly, you can both throw a divorce party and observe your divorce transition in other ways. The decision is really up to you.

How does a divorce party work and why may it be a good idea for you to have one specifically? Please check back in next week as we will be exploring potential answers to this question in a future post.

Source: The Huffington Post, “10 Liberating Reasons to Celebrate Your Divorce With a Party,” Christine Gallagher, May 28, 2015

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