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    Matthew Frank

    Learning to Forgive, Move Forward and Rebuild After Wife Cheating: Advice for Making a Marriage Work

    Losing a spouse’s trust is one of the most difficult things to rebuild after cheating. But after wife cheating, it isn’t impossible to make a marriage work. Here’s how to move forward, forgive and rebuild your marriage, even after the hurtful betrayal.

    The worst thing someone can do is to act like the cheating didn’t happen and sweep it under the rug. Though it’s tempting to ignore the hurt of cheating in an effort to move on, it is important to face the fact that there was a breach of trust and to process it together. Acknowledge the pain, resentment and mistrust you both feel in order to move forward.

    It requires commitment and dedication to working every day to try to heal the marriage and rebuild trust. You can start by introducing new activities as couple to give yourselves a chance to bond and grow together. These activities may be anything from attending cooking classes and hiking trails, to simply talking about your days and re-learning more about each other.

    It is also important to understand why the cheating happened in the first place and to seperate the mistake from the relationship itself. It might have been an old flame or a way to identify deficiencies in the relationship. The challenge of healing from cheating is mending those deficiencies. That likely entails improving communication, allowing for greater freedom and autonomy and turning towards each other when life throws its uneasy moments.

    Communicating with honesty and understanding will help gradually bridge the gap between your two worlds created by the cheating. Being able to forgive and forget, establishing new boundaries and trying to learn acceptance are also crucial to rebuilding trust and strengthening the bond between a couple.

    It’s vital to acknowledge feelings of betrayal anger and mistrust, and acknowledge the pain experienced. Assure your spouse that your marriage is worth protecting, and that you can keep growing together past the deception. Avoid pushing the issues away and don't lower the expectations.

    When it comes to making a marriage work after being betrayed, provide reassurance that everything is going to be alright. Even if it feels ruined, it’s not over until you’re ready for it to be. After all, learning to forgive and confront hard truths is part of any couple's journey. Stay strong and have faith in your partner and your marriage, it could be what you need to get you through it.

    Facing this tragedy can bring you closer to the one you love if it’s confronted and handled in a way where both parties are given the space to grow and discover each other again. As long as both are willing to learn and move forward, nothing is ever truly lost.

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