Going through a divorce can be a confusing and emotionally difficult process for anyone, especially during the holidays.
To help ease the pain, a local program is reaching out to those forced to adjust to a new lifestyle.
The dictionary defines divorce as the legal dissolution of a marriage.
But for some who've experienced the heartache, it's so much more.
“There’s embarrassment, there's hurt, there's pain, there's uncertainty and your dreams of life together are now shot and you're trying to figure out what's next in my life,”
Charles Kite is a DivorceCare leader.
DivorceCare is a nationwide program aimed at helping people adapt to a life they're not used to.
“We like tradition, we like family time, and when you're going through a divorce or separation it's not the same anymore,” said Kite.
Sunday, Kite led a seminar entitled "Surviving the Holidays" at Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan.
The session is specifically designed to help those who are going through a divorce during the holidays.
“That first Christmas, that first thanksgiving is always tough because everything has changed from what you’re used to in the past,” added Kite.
“We're just here to help people heal from the pain of divorce and like I said help people understand that there is life after divorce,”
Kite should know.
“I was married for 20 years and I went through a divorce and I found DivorceCare and it helped me tremendously,” said Kite.
According to kite 50% of first marriages end in divorce and 76% of second marriages won't make it past five years.
He believes a lot of people don't take marriage too seriously.
“Divorce is so easy to get across this country anymore. People enter marriage thinking that I’ll give it a shot if it doesn't work out fine, I’ll walk out,” said Kite.
Through programs like DivorceCare, Kite believes marriage is an institution worth saving.
DivorceCare is a 14 week program held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.
It's free and open to everyone.