Preparing for your husband’s prison sentence: The co-founder of Strong Prison Wives and Families, Ro Clausen, offers counseling tips to help women whose husbands are going to prison. In a recent interview with Justin Paperny, host of White Collar Advice, Clausen spoke about it.
She said she came up with the idea to start Strong Prison Wives and Families as a support group. Her goal was to help women cope with the challenges of having their husbands or loved ones committed to prisons.
The Emotions of a Soon-to-Be Prison Wife
According to Clausen, there are 10 things any woman ought to know to be able to prepare for her husband’s prison sentence. She has wide experience helping women and girlfriends cope with the impending imprisonment of loved ones. Clausen noted that affected soon-to-be prison wives are subjected to:
- Other subjective human emotions
And to make things worse, these soon-to-be prison wives also experience anxiety, depression, embarrassment and resentment toward family and friends. These feeling are towards people they feel have deserted them during their ordeals:
Clausen said in retrospect when she was passing through her own ordeals:
“I wish I had someone to help me through the sleepless nights and to educate me that things could get better.
It was easy to isolate myself, because I felt like no one understood.”
10 Tips to Help Prepare for Your Husband’s Prison Sentence
Since grief and loneliness are feelings any woman feels at her husband’s prison sentence. Clausen shares 10 tips to help any women going through these emotions while preparing for her husband’s prison sentence:
- Negative human emotions, such as grief, anger, rage, resentment and fear are natural reactions to the prospect of a husband or loved one going to prison. But, they can’t stop the inevitable. So, they work to overcome and channel those feelings correctly.
- Lean on family members and friends. They should be there for you during this difficult period. Family and relatives may not understand initially. But, if you handle things correctly, you should eventually find them supportive.
- Accept reality, your new reality, since the earlier you accept your fate, the better. You can’t fight fate or everyone. Just accept it and flow along to make things better for yourself.
- Start planning for the future. Figure out how to make life easier for your children in the absence of their father. Plan your finances accordingly. And, make the best of everything for the future.
- Communication is key with your husband behind bars. With support groups, such as your church, friends, prison loved ones network and other prison wives, you’ll be fine.
- Learn how to manage things with your husband’s lawyer against various factors that may complicate things for you.
- Learn to deal with insults and misunderstandings with friends, neighbors and family. Many may judge you for your decision to stay with your husband and become a prison wife.
- Learn to manage your husband’s property and business while also properly handling family expectations.
- Develop the skills to respond appropriately with law enforcement and investigating officers. The last thing you want to do is complicate matters.
- Remain faithful to your husband, children and family in all ways possible. Faithfulness is another main key to success as a prison wife.
Clausen told Paperny that Strong Prison Wives and Families has been very successful in many ways. It helps each woman who reaches out prepare for her husband’s prison sentence.
She added that many people have walked up to her on the street and hit her on social media. They thank her for setting up the women’s support group. These women appreciate her team for all their help.
Video: How to Prepare for Your Husband’s Prison Sentence
Ro Clausen of Strong Prison Wives and Families speaks with Justin Paperny of White Collar Advice. In this interview, the two discuss 10 different ways a woman can learn to cope with her husband’s prison sentence. Check it out:
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