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

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | 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 01.07.2016 | 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 01.07.2016 | 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 01.06.2016 | 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 ...

To Anyone Grieving This Holiday Season

Erin Coriell | Posted 12.24.2015 | 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 12.23.2015 | 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.

A Guide To 'Death-Aware' Gifts For The Holidays

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are some "death-aware" gifts that you might consider for various individuals grappling with death and loss this holiday season:

When a White Christmas Turns Blue: Surviving Grief During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There may be many reasons to feel stressed during the holidays, but grief brings its own brand of challenges. If you're grieving this year and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Dealing With the Loss of a Tiny Patient

AWHONN | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

She was a beautiful, healthy, full-term baby that didn't make it. This was the hardest to come to terms with. Premature babies are not ready, not mature, we know sometimes they fight to live and it still it isn't enough. A full-term baby, though, without any defects or complications?

A Holiday Love Letter to the Newly Bereaved From Suicide Loss

Josh Rivedal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

You might be exactly where I was six years ago after I lost my father to suicide. It's your first Thanksgiving without your wife, your son, your uncle...

Four People and a Funeral

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

"There were 100 people at the memorial." "250 people showed up at the funeral." "1,000 people came to pay their respects at the wake." What a beaut...

Let's Remove the Words 'At Least' From Our Vocabulary About Grief

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

Rather than try to compare or minimize a loss, let's recognize that each person's grief is his or her own. Let's be that listening ear when someone wants to talk about the pain of loss. Let's validate feelings, rather than minimizing them.

How To Cope After An Unimaginable Loss

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 10.03.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

What do you do when the unthinkable happens to a close friend? When one of the things most feared by all comes true? A loss - especially a sudden one - brings on feelings of incredulity and disorientation in all who know and care for the persons involved in a tragic occurrence.

Buddhism and Grief: Where It Gets Tricky

Steven Schwartzberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Steven Schwartzberg

A friend has died. How different this actual fact of impermanence from the abstract "truth" of my meditations! I've spent months now trying to grasp impermanence, to get it into my bones.

10 Ways to Heal Loss and Trauma

Kerry Turner | Posted 09.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Turner

Loss and trauma can show up in our lives in many ways. People die, relationships end, jobs get eliminated, freak accidents occur, and illness happen...

Looking For Love Again: A Widow's Guide

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Sienna Jae Fein

Finding a man with whom to continue life's journey depends on your ability -- and his -- to compromise. But as burdened with baggage as both of you are, it's hard to leap blithely onto the train. How to find contentment together when you're schlepping all that cargo?

Exquisite Grief

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Lisa Pullen Kent

I know now losing my mother hurts like hell; her absence incarnate is like a light gone out and it will be dark for a while. But in the darkness, I awaken. Holding hands with divinity, I glimpse that I, too am divine.

Yogi Berra and Lessons on Loss

Allison Gilbert | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports
Allison Gilbert

By far the most important takeaway Berra shared with me was this: Moving forward didn't mean leaving the memory of his parents behind. He could play ball and be a husband and father -- all while keeping the memory of his parents alive.

Your Pain Isn't Your Fault: Why Some Teachers and Gurus Have It Wrong

Megan Devine | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Pain simply is. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.

Putting Humanity Back in Business

Barry David Kluger | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Barry David Kluger

No one wants more government and you can't legislate morality, but obviously, there is a growing movement in Congress to at least make the FMLA fair and equitable and put value on the backbone of America's success -- people who work.

How to Bounce Forward After Trauma

Michaela Haas | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Michaela Haas

Most people have heard of posttraumatic stress. Yet, beyond the medical community, few are aware of the evidence of posttraumatic growth.

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.