How Do You Grieve the End of a Relationship That Has No Name on Paper?

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How Do You Grieve the End of a Relationship That Has No Name on Paper?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ndings hurt. Most of us, who have had to undergo the agonising process of detangling our lives from an important significant other’s, know how devastating the experience can be. And yes, even though your rational side knows that someday in the future you’re going to come out on the other side of this gutting experience stronger, that knowledge is cold comfort when it’s 2 am and you realise they’ve changed their Netflix password — your last remaining link to each other.

As sucky as they are, endings are also universal. No amount of money, level of achievement, glamour, good looks, or even celebrity, can inoculate you from the wreckage caused by a broken heart. There’s no way to not feel at least a wee bit adrift, like a raft dislodged from its secure moorings, when you’re the one left watching as someone walks out the door.

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