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The Bittersweet Reality Of Planning A Wedding Amid Grief

Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD | Posted 07.15.2015 | Weddings
Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD

I knew I would marry Chuck the day of his sister's wedding about 8 months after we started dating. That weekend was when he found out his mother's cancer was terminal, and that she had less than a year of life left. What does one do as a bride-to-be of man with such torment in his soul?

Children's Grief Camp: Sharing Grief, Finding Hope

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

The growth and transformation witnessed in these 48 hours is a testament to the value of having a safe place where grief is not taboo. As the campers performed their "grief skits" in front of their family members on Sunday afternoon, a sense of gratitude and understanding abounded.

Grief is NOT Self-Pity, Joel Osteen

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Sue Wintz

Our 17-year-old daughter died in 2003. I mourn her deeply every day and will for the rest of my life. I do not wallow in self-pity, nor do I want to let go of what God gave to us as a precious gift on the day of her birth. I will not 'get beyond it,' as her death is a fact in our family's story.

How I'm Remembering Joe Biden's Kindness -- And Returning It

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Mandy Hitchcock

Joe Biden sent us a note five years ago when he heard about my daughter's death, even though he certainly had an infinite number of other things to do. As a bereaved parent and spouse, he understood that he could help change the sensation of the pain simply by bearing witness to it.

Why I Talk About My Stillbirth

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Alana Rosenstein

When I was pregnant or trying to conceive, I hated hearing stories about pregnancy loss and stillbirth. It wasn't just because I felt sad for the families involved (though I certainly did); I wanted to pretend that such losses didn't happen to women like me.

Grief and the Veteran: An Inside Look

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

If you or someone you know have experienced a death, please take the time you need to process your grief. To all those who have served our country or who are remembering a Veteran, may Memorial Day bring some measure of peace and calm to your heart.

Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their 3-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly.

In Appreciation of Those Working and Volunteering in Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

With so many choices regarding how we spend our time being of service to others... why would anyone choose to work with people who are grieving? I set about posing that question to both professionals and volunteers.

You're Still a Mother on Mother's Day if You've Had a Miscarriage

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Robin Cassady

Recently, I was asked if it would be appropriate for a man to buy his wife a Mother's Day gift even after the loss of their unborn child.

An Effective 'Workout'

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

In these times of health, wellness and fitness... where everyone is clocking their steps, movements, repetitions, gym hours and/or yoga positions......

The 2 Truths I've Learned After Working Decades In Hospice

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

After spending hours at the bedside of my precious Grandma Daisy, I stepped out of her room to make a brief telephone call. At that moment, Grandma Daisy died. When I began working in hospice, I witnessed similar experiences.

How One Mom Made The Most Out Of The Blizzard In Memory of Her Son

Cindy Campbell | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Cindy Campbell

The other night, quite by accident, social media gave me a tremendous gift. With the blizzard of 2015 heading our way, I found myself ready to kick back on the couch, wine in hand. My husband, Lou, joked with me that I should post a "Cheers to Ty" on Facebook.

Self-Care: An Essential Element of Caregiving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Like many caregivers, it didn't occur to Jill that her selfless devotion to her parents was depleting her physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Everything You Should Know About Bereavement at Christmas

Jenny Florence | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

For most people family relationships are the most challenging in our lives, so it's not surprising that if we are in a place of profound loss and vulnerability then spending time with family members at Christmas may trigger some complex emotional responses.

Holidays, Grief and Healing

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Don't assume something is going to be hard or easy for yourself or someone else who is grieving. Triggers may not be what you think. There is no specific formula for finding just the right combination of maintaining some traditions and creating new ones.

He Is My Son -- Not My 'Baby'

Jennifer Ross | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

If I knew someone who had suffered the loss of their teenage child, I would never say, "I'm sorry for the loss of your teenager." What a terrible thing to say, right? I, in no way, want to sound like I did not appreciate the love that other people gave me, but I do want to educate on the respectful way to speak to a parent after they suffer the loss of a very young child.

'I Know Just How You Feel... My Goldfish Died' -- Really?!

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

"I know how you feel. My goldfish died, and we had to flush it down the toilet." Really? To this day, Owen recalls overhearing another student make t...

My Strong Reaction To Joan Lunden's Bald People Magazine Cover Isn't What You Might Think

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

When I see that photo of Joan, the newer one, I am filled with hope for her. I am filled with a hope that those battling cancer get to live the rest of their lives, happy and healthy, in honor of those who didn't. In honor of my Dad.

When Grief Calls Forth the Healing

Mary Rockefeller Morgan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Rockefeller Morgan

The severing of a love relationship through death fractures the foundation of the bereaved. Our culture's common belief that one must rapidly get up and move on after such a loss results in denying death and repressing grief.

Heartwarming Wedding Video Filmed by Deceased Bride

Ariane Fisher | Posted 09.27.2014 | Weddings
Ariane Fisher

While we are involved with thousands of weddings per year at WeddingMix, it's still not unusual for me to make a personal connection with the brides. ...

On Being a Remainder

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

The experience of being a remainder is central to bereavement. A person left behind by the death of a loved one is often called the survivor, but remainder better captures the emotional experience.

The War on Grief

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of...

My Son Died So I Could Live -- But His Legacy Continues To Bloom

Jennifer Ross | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

Deep down in the depths of my soul, I knew that his purpose in life is being fulfilled. This isn't a fact that is easily accepted. My soul knows something that my earthly body continually fights.

Review Essay on "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

The friend who gave me the book knew that I had been investigating and writing about the phenomenology of traumatic loss since the death of my late wife in February of 1991 shattered my world.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...