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Next to the death of a loved one, the ending of a relationship is the most painful experience most people will ever go through. Coming Apart is a first aid kit for getting through the ending. It is a tool that will enable you to live through the end of your relationship with your self-esteem intact.

Originally published in 1987 and continuously in print since then, Coming Apart has been an important resource for hundreds of thousands of people experiencing the pain and stress of a breakup. This new edition features a foreword by Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of Conscious Uncoupling.

Daphne Rose Kingma, the undisputed expert on matters of the heart, explores the critical facets of relationship breakdowns: 

  • Love myths: why we are really in relationships
  • The life span of love
  • How to get through the ending
  • How to create a personal workbook for finding resolution

Time does a lot to heal our broken hearts, but really understanding what transpired in each of our relationships is what allows us to finally let go and move on.

©2012 Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • NeVi
  • 25-04-21

Title does not reflect the content

Although these relationship narratives and explanations of the origins of difficulties in relationships are helpful for insight and reflection, the issue of a broken heart (the sadness, grief, and longing that go along with the feelings of brokenness are not addressed. If the point is helping through this difficult and painful transition, then exactly those issues should be addressed and how to cope with grief. It also would help to have guidance as to how to transition into living alone.

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  • K. Kennedy
  • 13-05-21

ONLY read if you are 1000% sure it's over

This book is for people who absolutely do not want to be w/ their ex again. This book preaches that every relationship that ends is supposed to end forever. It can be disheartening for people who are simply on a break and the relationship still has some life and can reconcile. So if you completely want to move on to another person - sure read this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-20

Narrator sounds so nasally and whiny.

it was so annoyingly repetitive. seriously giving the same examples over and over and over again in different ways without a single pause. just filler bs. worst was that the narrator was pretending to be that person complaining so you literally were listening to her whine in different ways over and over again. unbearable

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  • Amy Mackie
  • 29-05-21

helped me heal from divorce

excellent read when you are searching for emotional healing from a divorce. practical and useful advice

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  • E. J. Walters
  • 26-04-21

Bored to Tears

Suffered thru this read. The voice had no real emotion and just droned on and on. There might have been some substance, but I couldn’t focus because of the speaker. And there were many parts that were duplicated. Waste of time.

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  • Mark
  • 21-03-21

Didn’t really help me.

I frequently found myself thinking what the hell? This book basically just tells you that your relationship is over and to not waste your time trying to work on it.

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  • Carolina Villamizar
  • 01-09-20

what a wonderful divorce guide!

having gone through a divorce and read many other books at the time, I think this book is a kind guide to understand what happens. The author has a real sense of what needs to happen and being in the last stages of the grief I found it compelling and refreshing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-22

Very useful tool

The book is very tactical and one of the most useful guides in understanding and getting over heartbreaks. The only thing I didn’t like is that the chapters are not fully titled. It makes it difficult to go back and forth.

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  • Christine
  • 19-07-22

boring

all stories of couples...no real advice or "how to". yeah, i know when a relationship ends we should be grateful it happened- that's it?? That's your advice on coming apart and overcoming heartbreak??

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  • Raidel Moreno Armas
  • 04-06-22

A must read

Absolutely in love with the way Daphne structured the book. Gave me so much insight into my past relationships! Loved that she was so practical and provided the exact questions we should ask ourselves and our partners when coming apart or trying to fix a rupture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-22

Must listen.

Cannot believe this book is for free. Easy going but profound insights gave me the tools to ease my pain, accept my reality, find another meaning in my relationship and also justify me desicion to move on.
You have to listen it either you are single, in a relationship or exiting one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-22

Says it all

can't believe this was free. Would recommend to anyone who wants tonknow if the should move on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-22

femcentric garbage. that does not help

I feel more apathetic and more depressed after reading this. plenty of the examples are disgustingly stereotypical towards men.
As a man I feel like this book does not resonate and it does not provide any actual help for moving forward.