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Kristin A. Meekhof graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College with a major in psychology. She completed the clinical Master in Social Work program at the University of MI. Her book co-written with James Windell, titled "A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First Five Years" is due to be released in November 2015.
In 2007, Ms. Meekhof was 33 when her husband died from adrenal cancer. She was adopted as an infant from S. Korea after being abandoned on the street. She writes about healthy ways to transform difficult situations.

Follow Kristin Meekhof on her journey at http://kristinmeekhof.com, on Facebook at Kristin Meekhof, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/Kristinmeekhof

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Imerman Cakes

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:27 AM

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Jeffrey Imerman, Co-Founder of Imerman Cake Company; all photos used with permission of the Imerman Cake Company

Before starting the Imerman Cake company, Jeffrey Imerman, 41, was practicing law in New York. He enjoyed the work, especially collaborating with...

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Brushes With Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 6:23 AM

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A Caregivers Story; Artist Meg Frazer
36"x48" Oil on Canvas
Photo property of Brushes With Cancer, used with permission


Jenna Benn Shersher is an unstoppable force of nature. In 2010, she was just 29 when she was diagnosed...

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The Value of Emotional Generosity

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:14 PM

There is a lot of chatter about people being emotionally unavailable to fulfill certain roles, participate in a discussion or provide support. At times, it seems the phrase is used as part of an exit strategy to end a conversation or relationship. When one is seeking a way out of...

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Detroit's Vintage Auto Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:28 PM

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Astro III , 1969 photograph by Bill Rauhauser, Pigment Print on Archival Paper, used with permission from the Hill Gallery


Later this month, thousands will attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan; however,...

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5 Reasons You May Not Meet Your 2015 Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:12 AM

If you are like most people, there's a chance that you either set a new goal for yourself or are still considering putting one in place. It is not uncommon that your resolution may focus around your health or career. However, by end of March, many individuals fall short of...

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A Walk for Widows

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 4:59 PM

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The Route Mr. Parsons Will Take Across India

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao Tzu

No one is going to be better able to speak to this Lao Tzu quote than Mr. Chris Parsons....

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Hope More

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:23 AM

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Photograph taken by Kristin A. Meekhof

A few years ago, I had the idea of wriiting a book for widows, and I decided that it would even be a better idea if I interviewed widows. Although my husband died in 2007, I was...

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When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof

There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly anywhere you look there are guides on preparing the right meal, the perfect card, the amazing...

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Empowering Widows Across the World

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:37 PM

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Lord Loomba, CBE, receiving his lifetime achievement award from Abid Qureshi, President, UNA-NY
Photography by Melanie Quinn Photography; Used with permission from the United Nations- New York

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."...

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Unbounded Gratitude

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Last month I went to Nairobi, Kenya with a small group of widows. We were connected with a charity organization that services widows and their children. We were given the opportunity to meet with the widows and visit their homes. I had the absolute joy of meeting Peninnah, a mother...

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How One Doctor Is Using Social Media to Fight Ebola Fear and Stigma

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:12 PM

On Monday, I returned from a beautiful trip to Kenya; however, the question I am most often asked is this: "Do you have Ebola?" Some people say it with sarcasm and others are completely serious. For the record, Kenya is not an area impacted by Ebola. However, this is a...

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5 Things I Learned From Oprah's Life You Want Weekend, Part 1

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:45 PM

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Oprah Winfrey is on tour with her own version of a rockstar band that includes influential people she calls trailblazers. These trailblazers are: Dr. Deepak Chopra (select cities), Mark Nepo (select cities), Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, and Iyanla Vanzant. Her tour...

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Grief Isn't for the Faint of Heart

(5) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 2:08 PM

I've written about the death of my husband here -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-meekhof/the-moment-i-knew_25_b_3414936.html -- and I've written about the challenges that come with loss. Within months of my husband's funeral, his older brother died. I flew to Florida to attend the funeral and obtained support from his family. From my...

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7 Things I Learned in Trying a New Career

(7) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 2:40 PM

A little over a year ago, I decided to pursue a freelance writing career. I started to write a book and wanted to expand my reach by writing blogs for The Huffington Post and the like. I continue to maintain my full time job as a clinical social worker, and...

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Jae Jin's House of Cards

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 3:07 PM

In May of 2013, Jae Jin was a 28-year-old doing community outreach for a Baltimore non-profit agency when a friend encouraged him to audition for a small extra part on the hit television show House of Cards. The audition required singing a solo, so Jin packed his guitar and rented...

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Someone to Lean On

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:10 PM

In 2007, my beloved husband died from adrenal cancer. He was asymptomatic, and there was little warning before his death that he was gravely ill. I was 33 then, and we had no children together. After he died I was truly alone. My center of gravity was grief. Shifting that...

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Fierce Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Lately, I've been thinking about gratitude, and what it means to be truly grateful. Some see gratitude as a short form of prayer, to give thanks to the person in charge of all things. You may call this person a higher power, God, Kismet, she person. Whatever label you choose,...

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Jolie Altman's Beautiful Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:16 AM

At a recent dinner party, guests were asked to bring an item they were proud of and could share with others. While some may have paused to think about what to take, Mrs. Jolie Altman immediately grabbed her passport and her Mt. Kilimanjaro certificate. The certificate documents a successful summit...

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Reaching for Support

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:36 AM

A traditional Danish proverb states that, "No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor." This in essence is true of everyone. There is a point in all of our lives that we are socially interdependent. Some of us create relationships with others for the very goal of reaching...

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Cooking With Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:55 AM

In 2010, Shauna McLaughlin faced a mother's worst nightmare. Her then 19-month-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. As a single parent, Ms. McLaughlin was solely responsible for her daughter's medical, emotional, and financial care. Ms McLaughlin recalls, "I left my job to take care of her because she needed me...

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