Originally Posted by CielDuMatin
A term that I have adopted to describe an alternate to the "all-or-nothing" approach to a relationship ending is that of distancing. You may recognise that while you love each other, and are friends, you are just not relationship material. Why throw the whole thing away, therefore, when there was a perfectly good friendship there?
Instead you both agree to distancing - essentially trying to keep the friendship but not being quite so "close".
There are some cases where the term distancing doesn't work for me. I have an ex with whom I am very close, and even though our relationship transitioned from a romantic one to a platonic one, I still feel just as close to him. In fact, the transitioning of our relationship was really what allowed us to preserve our closeness. There are times when distance is the most descriptive term, though.