The Museum of Broken Relationships recently opened in Los Angeles. According to the museum’s website https://brokenships.com/en , the museum’s exhibits are comprised of failed relationships and their ruins- old photo albums, wedding dresses, bowls, and books. The list is endless. The goal of the museum is one of therapy and letting go. People voluntarily donate their items and each donated item has a story behind it.
The Museum’s website further states that “the Museum offers a chance to overcame an emotional collapse through creation”. Upon reading this description of the museum, I realized that mediation offers the same opportunities: overcoming emotional collapse through creation:
• gently saying goodbye to possessions
• creating a positive environment to raise your children
• creating new ways to co-parent your children
• constructing ways to communicate with one another regarding your children
• promoting financial well being for both of you
Of course with the end of a relationship comes sadness. However, mediation provides you with the best tools for moving forward and letting go of the relationship. Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties discuss together how each will create a new life once they are divorced. The emphasis is on rebuilding both parties’ lives and the lives of their children.