Divorce Registry

Esther - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Divorce can be liberating for some. But starting over can be emotionally and financially taxing, as well. One British department store chain hopes to ease the transition for the recently divorced by launching a specialized gift list that family and friends can use to help newly single loved ones stock up on things like sheets, towels and appliances for their new home. You've heard of a wedding registry — well, this is a divorce registry.



Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1967968,00.html



(you'll have to copy & paste the link to get it to work - sorry)



What do you think - good idea or tacky?

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Isobel - posted on 03/01/2010

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I don't know...I know some people are really sad about the end of their marriages...but then again A LOT of us aren't. we want to celebrate! I don't see the big deal. If you don't understand it, I suspect you are happily married (congratulations).



I compare "having a housewarming instead" to calling gay marriage a civil union. I don't want to warm my new house...I want to celebrate my divorce.



Although, personally I find registering for anything (including a wedding) tacky...sorry.

ME - posted on 02/28/2010

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I've heard of people throwing divorce parties for themselves or for a friend...I thought it was a joke at first...I find it unbelievably tacky, and hope that people don't fall for this marketing gimic...
If people need things after a divorce, can't they just throw a housewarming for themselves (or get someone to throw it for them) at their new home????

Jodi - posted on 02/27/2010

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Oh wow, the department stores just found something else to commercialise!!



Seriously, I would never even have dreamed of it. I was on a plane to Canada when my divorce finalised.......I mentioned it to the flight attendant as a joke, and she provided me with a bottle of bubbly....that was enough for me :)



Seriously, I think it is tacky. Nothing to do with being a failure, loser, or any of those other things that have been mentioned......But honestly, why should all those people who probably bought you something when you married the bastard feel that they now need to buy you something for divorcing him. I know that is not what would be intended, but people WOULD feel they needed to buy something, so why turn it into an issue. Just tell them if they want to do something for you, they can take you out on the town :P

Rosie - posted on 02/26/2010

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i think it would be tacky, but then again i havn't been divorced so i don't know how i'd feel then. i think i would want to be left to figure things out on my own devices. i guess i don't feel like divorce is a time to celebrate, but rather a time to reflect on your life and what you want from then on. like sara said, if you want help i'll definitely help you, but a little list of gifts is weird for me after a divorce.

Isobel - posted on 02/26/2010

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I think it's brilliant...getting a divorce was really hard, and a lot of people were coming over with gifts for the house and the kids and I. I think I would have loved to have a big party and register.

Sara - posted on 02/26/2010

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My vote go towards tacky. I would think it would only serve as a reminder of what a failure and loser you are (not that people that get divorces are failures or losers, but that's how I'm sure they must feel). A divorce is a time when you need to put your big gril/big boy pants on and rebuild your life on your own. If you need help, ask for it. But I wouldn't be buying any divorcee a gift off of a damn registry. Maybe I'm cold-hearted, but those are my feelings.

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