Face it. When there's no sexual intimacy in a relationship, the whole quality of that relationship suffers. Physical intimacy creates an emotional connection to your partner, and when it's not there, both parties suffer. A sexless marriage is a lonely marriage. The lonliness can become unbearable. The question of why one's partner no longer wants to hold and touch and kiss him or her is in and of itself painful. The answers can hold the threat of a rejection that's capable of shattering a person to the core. But they need to be verbalized. They need to be explored to be resolved. And if a couple cannot talk about it, they're doomed.