Every family deals with stress. For many families, the stress is just an inevitable accompaniment to modern life, a background source of white noise that ebbs and flows with schedules, special events, and the nodal points of the family life cycle. Even losses are part of that normal cycle when they arrive as expected-at the end of life. But for many other couples and families, extraordinary stressors enter their lives. These stressors are unanticipated events that disrupt family life and can potentially damage individuals and their relationships.
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