The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund was created by her parents.It’s mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts and community service. At the very least, trial and error are an essential part of the process. Breakups are in fact inevitable—you imagine a final, decisive moment when two strained sweethearts go their separate ways. But it's 2014, and it's not so easy to erase an ex from your life.They throw out the snapshots and souvenirs, mourn and mope for a while, dig into the ice cream, and sooner or later, resume the search for a suitable mate. The newly decoupled might not call each other or meet up—that could be too direct—but there are other ways they stay connected.
The pain cuts deeper and lingers longer than most pain young people have felt in their lives. It’s one of the hardest things for me to write or speak about: the pain of intimacy that fell short of matrimony.
Compared with a wall of silence, a friendly text message here and an email there can take the edge off a breakup.
"The soft breakup gives us a new way of saying 'I don't want to date you, but let's try to be friends,'" says Galena Rhoades, a clinical psychologist who frequently collaborates with Stanley on research.
The wiring in most of us has us longing for the wedding day.
We’re looking, sometimes it feels frantically, for love, for affection and security and companionship and commitment and intimacy and help.