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Meryl Ain, Ed.D.
After the loss of both her father and mother within a year-and-a-half, Meryl Ain became increasingly interested in how people keep alive the memories of their loved ones. She enlisted the help of her husband, Stewart Ain, and her brother Arthur M. Fischman, to research how individuals carry on the values, passions, and legacies of those who are no longer here. Together, they wrote The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, published by Little Miami Publishing Company. The book describes through interviews, anecdotes, essays, poems and photographs the way 32 people -- celebrities and others -- have transformed their grief into positive action and living legacies. A former teacher and school administrator, Dr. Ain writes and speaks about issues related to families, parenting, education, children, grief and loss. She holds a BA from Queens College, a MA from Columbia University Teachers College, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University.

Entries by Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

The Empty Seat at the Seder Table: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:34 AM

As a little girl, my mother took me to see Marjorie Morningstar, a movie about a Jewish girl, played by Natalie Wood, who wants to follow an unconventional path in the late 1950s. When Marjorie's Uncle Samson, played by Ed Wynn, died suddenly of a heart attack at the summer...

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10 Ways for Parents to Help Kids Through Scary Times

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 5:10 PM

We are all frightened -- both children and adults. The 24/7 media coverage of terrorism has left everyone feeling scared and helpless. Now that the FBI has confirmed that it is investigating the San Bernardino massacre as a terrorist attack, fears are hitting even closer to home. How do we...

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On Memorial Day, 10 Tips to Help Children Who Have Lost a Loved One

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer -- a time for cookouts and picnics, parades and sales. Many people extend their celebration to four-day weekends and head off to the beach or the country to have fun.

But that's not the original intention of Memorial Day, which...

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Holiday Grief: Losing Susan and Keeping Her Memory Alive

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:30 PM

The holiday season is in full gear, and everyone is supposed to be happy. But this year, all that merriment is tinged with a wrenching sadness. Just days before Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law, Susan succumbed to a seemingly mysterious, fast-moving case of end-stage heart disease. Following four surgeries, where doctors attempted...

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Keeping Their Memories Alive

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:21 PM

As summer gives way to fall, several recent high-profile deaths have reminded us of the fragility of life. Among them: the shocking suicide of Robin Williams, the barbaric beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the sudden tragic loss of Joan Rivers during a routine medical procedure.

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Aging Boomers: Is 50 Really the New 30?

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:50 PM

The weeklong celebration of Hoda Kotb's 50th birthday on The Today Show culminated with a congratulatory video message from First Lady Michelle Obama to a surprised and delighted Hoda.

Throughout the week, 50 was celebrated as glamorous, sexy and a time for reinvention. This is all true, and I...

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Mother's Day Without A Mother: 10 Ways to Keep Her Memory Alive

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Today I went shopping for a new handbag; I hadn't thought that it was just days before Mother's Day and that the people I encountered would be buying presents for their mothers. But I noticed it right away -- daughters and sons looking for just the right Mother's Day gift....

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Keeping Memories Alive Through Candid Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Anderson Cooper and Liam Neeson courageously engaged in a conversation on 60 Minutes that we rarely see on prime time TV. Cooper interviewed Neeson about the loss of his wife, Natasha Richardson, five years after she...

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Remembering My Mom: The Living Memories Project

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 11:48 AM

It's February, the month of my mother's birth. My mother would have turned 93 on February 11. When she died after a brief illness in November 2006, although I knew she had lived a long life, I was bereft. There is never enough time with a loved one.

My mom...

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Profiles in Courage: JFK's Lasting Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:10 PM

An article that I read yesterday on The Huffington Post alerted me to the fact that the JFK Memorial Library is soliciting stories from people of how President Kennedy inspired them. In honor of the 50th anniversary of his assassination, "An Idea Lives On" website will...

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Not Your Mother's PTA

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:21 PM

With the new school year in full swing, it's a good time to emphasize the importance of parent involvement. This is the time to make a resolution to actively engage in your children's education. One of the easiest and most accessible ways is to join and become active in the...

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The Music of Giving Back

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:00 PM

As summer draws to a close, it's nice to remember that education is a 12-month-proposition, and that good teaching and good parenting are infinite.

Brian Biederman, 24, a middle school music teacher in Nashville, Tenn., fulfilled his lifetime dream of starting a music camp this summer. The...

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Memo to Anthony Weiner: The 'G' Word Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:57 PM

When Anthony Weiner referred to George McDonald, his 69-year-old rival, as "Grandpa" in an AARP Mayoral Forum this week, it set off a firestorm. Beth Finkel, director of AARP in New York State, called the remark, "unfortunate," saying that "a person's age should not be a...

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9 Tips for Parents If Your Child Is Changing Schools

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 6:33 PM

I recently wrote about my reactions about moving from our family home of more than 30 years. I'm happy to report we are settling into our new home, and I thank everyone for all of the good wishes.

The anxiety I experienced as an adult made me think of all...

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Moving Memories

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:31 PM

When people ask me whether I miss the house our family lived in for more than three decades, my knee-jerk reaction is an unqualified NO.

It wasn't until our eldest son expressed the desire to "see my house one last time," that I thought about what, if anything, the...

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10 Tips to Encourage Summer Learning

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:35 PM

The hot weather is signaling to us that summer is on the horizon. School -- with all of its structured routines, homework, testing, and projects -- will soon be over. Summer -- with its outdoor play, excursions to the parks and beaches, and vacations -- will replace the frenetic daily...

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Why Coming Out Benefits Straight People as Much as Gay People

(33) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 6:09 PM

The recent news that NBA center Jason Collins is gay was greeted with widespread attention and acceptance. In a measure of just how much public opinion has shifted, the 34-year-old Collins was lauded for his courage in coming out of the closet as the first openly gay male professional athlete...

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Increased Use of Smartphones Among Teens: What's a Parent to Do?

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 12:26 PM

A new national study shows that the use of smartphones among teens has increased during the past year. The news is hardly shocking to parents and educators -- but it does give us an opportunity to reflect on the role of technology in our kids' lives --...

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Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Each day we get closer to the dire predictions that will be brought on by the impending sequestration cuts, I -- and many other Americans -- become more and more incredulous. The country has not had a budget for 1,400 days! Is it really possible that the president and Congress...

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New Year's Resolutions After the Two Sandys

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 5:14 PM

As 2012 fades into memory, we look forward to the blank slate that is 2013. With the still fresh wounds of the horror and destruction of the two Sandys -- Superstorm Sandy and Sandy Hook Elementary School -- the usual New Year's Resolutions like losing weight seem frivolous and off...

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