Friends for life? Maybe not. Breaking up with a good friend can be one of the most painful experiences a person can go through, especially since many of us think our friendships are going to last a lifetime.

In this week's Forever 39 podcast, we talk about whether broken friendships can be fixed, or whether it's best to move forward. For fixers like us, the latter isn't exactly something we can wrap our head around, but perhaps it's true that not all good friends are meant to stay in our lives forever. And oftentimes friendships don't end because someone committed a wrong, sometimes people just drift apart.

Are you missing a friend today? Perhaps it's that friend that helped get your through your divorce, or you bonded with while navigating your freshman year in college. If you're still missing that person, perhaps it's time to see if the relationship can be fixed.

There's lots of advice available online for mending a friendship, but we find the tips in an article published by The Huffington Post to be pretty helpful:

  • Communicate with each other
  • Own up to your involvement in why the friendship ended
  • Apologize to your friend
  • When it comes time for your friend to talk, make sure you listen
  • Develop an action plan to move forward with the friendship

And for those of you that aren't sure mending fences is the best course of action, an article in Women'sHealth might offer some clarity.

If you've ever had success mending a friendship, share your story by emailing us at forever39@nj1015.com.

Also from this week's Forever 39 podcast — Questions to ask before ending a marriage. PLUS: Fall's top fashion trends! Click on the podcast player above to hear the entire episode.

Share your thoughts on all of them below, on Twitter, on Facebook or at forever39@nj1015.com.

— Annette and Megan, Forever 39

Join us for next week’s podcast when we chat about how the media influences the way we think about our bodies, seasonal displays in stores, and back-to-school anxieties.

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