People in a long term relationship have made a commitment to grow together. Unfortunately, this does not always work out for them. Life events or tragedies might pull them in very different directions, and they must decide how they will proceed. Some people believe they can salvage their relationship. They try counseling, and they work hard to get back on the path they have chosen. They might even discover new paths in life they had never before considered.
When life pulls people apart, they occasionally find they cannot rebuild their relationship. It may simply be they have drifted too far from each other, or they might not have the will to try to reform their bond. Either way, their split does not need to be angry or hurtful. A sad but sweet ending will leave the couple with the chance to get past the hurt and perhaps build a friendship with each other.