It is incredibly difficult when a loved one is arrested. It is even harder when they are sentenced. You do not know if they will be out of your life for a days, weeks, months or years. Because so many women are facing the same ordeal, Ro Clausen, co-founder of Strong Prison Wives offers support through counseling tips.
In a recent interview Clausen said there are ten emotions that women usually feel at this stage in their lives. These are; fear, anger, rage, hostility, sadness, disgust and some other subjective human emotions. She went on to say that at the moment a woman becomes a prison wife, the first thing they feel is abandonment.
The feeling of abandonment is followed by immense grief which usually causes negative actions. Clausen went on to share many steps to combat their adverse emotions. Instead of lashing out, Clausen recommends reaching out to friends and family for support.
After sentencing, it is important to accept the sentence, no matter how grave it is. This is when practical steps come into play. Learn how to deal with a lawyer, manage businesses, finances and property. Lastly, make sure you know you want to stay with your spouse after such a large event has transpired.
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 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.