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7 Lessons I've Learned From Grieving Parents

Jessica Kidd | Posted 01.11.2017 | Healthy Living
Jessica Kidd

In working with families that have children with complex medical problems, there is the heartbreaking truth that not all of these children will live t...

Grief and the Holidays

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Gerald isn't going to have his holiday party this year. And he is determined not to put up decorations or send out greeting cards. What was meaningf...

Tips for Making Your Best Holiday Playlist, Ever!

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

Now is the perfect time to create your best holiday playlist ever, songs to accompany all your upcoming dinners and celebrations. "Music is one of th...

Three Suggestions For Widows And Widowers Who Have Lost Their Bed-Sharing Partner

Paul C. Rosenblatt | Posted 11.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul C. Rosenblatt

So I suggest that, if it feels right to do, a widow or widower might write things, say things aloud, or say things in their mind to the spouse who has died. And making that part of the routine of going to be bed or first being in bed might be especially valuable.

McCain: It's Not His Age. It's His Silence!

Barry David Kluger | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Barry David Kluger

Age is irrelevant to me. Sharp minds usually stay sharp. It's the ears that stop listening or don't listen at all that bothers me and, I'm sure, that all the grieving parents in Arizona want is to get the same unpaid time off as someone who has a child, or cares for a sick family member, or service member. It's not about business, it's about compassion.

Father's Day Reflections

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

t can be comforting to write out a card or poem expressing your sentiments and then decide what you will do with it. Do something traditional, or create new traditions. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

The Argument for Sharing Passwords With A Loved One

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

In my work, I highly advise my clients to share their passwords with another significant person. Yes, I know you are not supposed to do this. Yes, I know it is risky. Yes, they too may die.

If You Never Dream About Your Departed Loved Ones

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Are you comparing your dreams (or lack thereof) to the dreams of others? Are you worrying about dreams that you are having -- or NOT having -- about someone you have lost? Let's put those worries to rest.

No One Tells You This About Loss, So I Will

Cora Neumann | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Cora Neumann

Let us be brave. Let us stay open to pain and hold space for what, ultimately, is not about pain as much as it is about love, connection, and life.

To the Mothers Hurting On Mother's Day

Jessi Snapp | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Jessi Snapp

Often we are acknowledged for mothering our living children and not for how we mother our children who have passed.

Mother's Day Reflections

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

As you move through your life, I hope that you will discover meaningful ways to maintain a continuing connection to these special women and mother-figures in your life who you are remembering this year.

Losing Leonard

Daniel Patterson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Daniel Patterson

We've lost a good one; that's glaring. But how, is tragically less obvious. Five things you might (not) want to know about Leonard: 1) Leonard went ...

One Simple Step to Integrating Loss, Endings or Death Into Your Life Right Now

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

Death is the biggie, of course. When someone or something dies, there will always be loss. How could there not be? It's easy to see the presence of loss when a person dies, but perhaps not so easy to see when it is the death of something else.

4 Truths About Suicide Loss

Naomi Cahill | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Naomi Cahill

But I am not alone. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. This means that each year there are over a million families, like ours, living with the aftershocks of suicide. My experience has taught me a few lessons that I feel compelled to share, in the hope that shining a light on this darkness brings an opportunity for understanding.

A Brilliant Idea to Bring Dead Loved Ones Back to Life

Claire Fordham | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
Claire Fordham

The first anniversary of Dad's death was looming. His ashes were still sitting in a generic plastic urn in his study, surrounded by photographs of his family. And we couldn't decide what to do with them.

Dear Newly Bereaved Parent: With Every Morsel Of Unspeakable Pain, There Is Love

Angela Miller | Posted 02.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Angela Miller

To lose a child is to lose the very heart and soul of you. It is overwhelmingly disorienting. It takes a long, long time to find yourself again. It takes a long time to grow new life around the chasm of such grave loss. It takes a long time to grow beauty from ashes.

Love: The Reason I Grieve

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 02.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

My tears are a gift to the son I miss. My sorrow honors his memory. My broken heart gives evidence to the ones walking with me that my love is fierce and timeless.

The Tears of Palestinian and Israeli Mothers Are The Same Color

Robi Damelin | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Robi Damelin

All mothers who have lost their beloved children share the same pain and no matter what image or label the media, politicians or the powers that be assign, their lives will never be the same

Diane Rehm: A Class Act

Melanie Bishop | Posted 02.08.2017 | Books
Melanie Bishop

In On My Own, Diane Rehm shares with readers her experience of early grief after losing John Rehm, her husband of 54 years. Rehm's attempt to discover who she will be without her life mate, offers up questions any of us might consider when faced with a loss of similar magnitude.

The Many Paths of Grief: 8 Tips From Survivors Of Loss

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

However in my conversations with grief survivors I have found that all of them feel they have grown emotionally and spiritually because of the challenges they have experienced; and their current life's work has been shaped and inspired by their grief, as well.

When a Child Grieves, We All Should Help

Cheryl Scott | Posted 01.07.2017 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Scott

Being supportive to others facing grief, especially children, helps them and enriches our own lives at the same time. It doesn't require a degree in psychology, and our words don't have to be perfect. It just takes each of us, making a commitment to making a difference in a child's life.

The Invisible Face of Loneliness

Jenny Florence | Posted 01.07.2017 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Loneliness tends to arrive unexpectedly, we don't begin our lives expecting to feel this way, and it can affect any of us, at any time in our lives.

Note to Self: Send Notes to Others

Claire Fordham | Posted 01.06.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Claire Fordham

Don't judge me, but I didn't send any holiday cards in 2015. I didn't return from a trip to England until the week before Christmas and, frankly, I co...

To Anyone Grieving This Holiday Season

Erin Coriell | Posted 12.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

This December marks seven years since my dear friend and lover passed away. Nothing about that winter felt merry, and I certainly didn't feel in the "holiday spirit." My heart was breaking while the rest of the world carried on singing carols and exchanging gifts, putting on their best holiday game face.

6 Ways To Survive The Holidays Without Your Child (Keyword: Survive)

Angela Miller | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Angela Miller

The anxiety of the looming holidays can be downright debilitating. Surviving it can often feel virtually impossible. Just remember, all you have to do is survive, and you get to decide how you'll best do that. Here is what has helped me survive the holidays these past six years as a bereaved parent. Keyword: survive.