Before engaging in the possibility of a second marriage, one must consider why the first marriage ended. If a partner died ending the first marriage, the survivor must take appropriate time to grieve the loss of his or her first spouse. If, on the other hand, irreconcilable differences or marital misconduct led to the demise of the first marriage, one must consider how his or her action/inaction contributed to marital termination. If families are to be blended in a second marriage, partners must recognize and ponder how a new home and family dynamic will test established communication patterns, lifestyles, and the like. Persons pondering a second marriage are encourage to discuss eventualities with a therapist or clergyperson.