A divorcing couple, in our culture, often feels failure, shame, and self-reproach as their marriage draws to an end. The effect on families and friends can be devastating. The divorce ceremony recognizes the painful feelings felt by all. It lays blame on no one. It honors the couple for the difficult yet life affirming decision to end a non-fulfilling relationship. It recognizes the need for healing and support as the couple moves forward as separate persons on separate paths.