On the other hand, marriage is a rite of passage for those who are religious; baptism, communion, marriage and then death. For some people, it is about showing your commitment to one person in front of God. It has been proven that those who are married have healthier lifestyles and live longer, and there are financial benefits to marriage in the form of tax allowances and pensions. When faced with a terminal diagnosis, for couples who are not married, it is often a decision that they are eager to consider, over and above the decisions about the proposed treatment. For those patients in critical care, it may be considered following discussions around the futility of treatment. In our unit, we have had two marriages over the last 18 months; sadly both patients have subsequently died. Why, when faced with a life-limiting illness, do people decide to get married?
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On October 19, , I had no idea what I was committing to. And how could I? I was 22 and just graduated from college. I said yes to love, with all its glories and struggles.
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From Redbook. Today, personalized wedding vows are becoming more and more popular, with couples wanting to pay tribute to their unique relationship using their own words instead of something that's been said before and maybe impress their guests in the process. But plenty of people still use traditional vows - either in whole, in part, or adapting some portion of them.
Why now? We all know that half or so marriages end in divorce, and that nearly every one of those couples made sincere commitments to stay together. Here I explore the vow of commitment in marriage. I think most people who make a lifelong commitment today are missing out on a chance to make a commitment infused with the true meaning of love. When I mention marriage, I refer to all forms of long-term commitment to an intended life-partner, whether through official marriage or otherwise. You might believe that marriage is a sacred institution, or that it is outdated, or both, or something else.