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Coping With Death

Why This Woman Says Her 'Mom's Death Was A Gift'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living

When Azaria Ulmer's mother died suddenly, Ulmer wasn't prepared for what followed. Coming from a culture that picks up and moves on quickly after the ...

Happy Mother's Day to My Mindful Mom, I Still Miss You

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Kathy Walsh

It's been 32 years since you left the earth and Mother's Day is still so hard for me. I was 24 years young when you died. Although I was an adult, I was still young enough to need you. And I still need you today. I wonder every day how different my life would be if you were here.

The Struggle to Preserve Photos of Loved Ones

Sukey Forbes | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte's entire life is represented in the negatives that I sorted today. From the day she was born in 1997 until three days before she died in 2004.

8 Tips for Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

To make room for loss, do what you can to open your heart and breathe the breath of life. The more you fill your heart with love and appreciation, the more space you make for healing and growth. Here are eight ideas:

Conversations Over a Child's Grave

Sam Fiorella | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

From first kiss to first break up, college application to job interview, we parents tend to plan for every situation, every conversation we'll have with our kids -- except for one.

What I Learned About Tragedy and Resilience From 1,743 Students and Their Teachers

Julie Crain | Posted 04.28.2015 | Education
Julie Crain

Nestled in suburban Kansas City, the Vikings of Shawnee Mission West High School are a tight, supportive community. That strong foundation of community ushered the students through the separate events of four deaths during the school year when I was the principal.

Behind These Eyes: A Father's Invisible Grief

Sam Fiorella | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

For those suffering like I am, I hope knowing my experience will let you know you're not alone. What others call courage may simply be a barricade erected by your mind to help you keep it all together while supporting your loved ones, and that's OK. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

What It's Like When Your Cat Unexpectedly Dies

Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Arin Greenwood

My husband and I were having one of our usual arguments when we heard a thud from our bedroom closet. Figuring it was our daredevil cat up to his usual mischief, I got up to see what heavy object Derrick had decided to knock off a shelf this time.

Parenting While Coping With the Loss of a Parent

Amy Heinz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I'm unprepared to be a mom who no longer has a dad. But that's who I am. So instead of looking to my dad for advice, I'm looking for signs of him as inspiration

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.

Lessons From A Father Grieving His Teen's Suicide

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Sam Fiorella

The inadequacy of words that console is exacerbated when a child takes his or her own life. It's a loss that adds the additional burdens of unbearable remorse and unanswered questions to already grieving parents; the general ambiguity heightens the pain and prolongs the grieving process.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

Deepak Chopra Shows A Grieving Mother A Daily Practice To Bring Her Peace

OWN | Posted 09.08.2014 | OWN

Valerie is a 43-year-old mother of three who is grieving the unexpected loss of her eldest daughter. After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9, she...

Grief Isn't for the Faint of Heart

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

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 writ...

Rare Bird: Learning About Hope From a Grieving Mother

Kristin Shaw | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Kristin Shaw

I detest the news. In fact, the news has become so frightening to me, especially now that I have a son, that I often avoid it. I know it's not the responsible, civic thing to do, but sometimes, it's the only way I stay sane.

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

Jinna Yang | Posted 09.20.2014 | Travel
Jinna Yang

Was I scared to leave a steady paycheck, long-term boyfriend, friends and family to travel the world for a month with a lifesize cutout of my late father? ABSOLUTELY. Do I regret doing it? Absolutely not.

Melissa Rivers' Grief Journey: From Silence to Advocacy

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Melissa's experience compels her to now speak candidly to the public. She offers this frank advice and reassurance to grievers.

Changing the Way We Experience Loss and Death

Laura McCorkindale | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Laura McCorkindale

This is the one gem of light in the otherwise torturous loss of a loved one. Being conscious of this gift, allowing it and remembering it (for yourself and others) could be life changing during grieving, so spread the word.

An Open Letter to the Graduating Class of Malibu High 2014

Michel Shane | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Michel Shane

This graduation is bittersweet for me, as Emily's father I have watched many of you grow up to become the fine young men and women you now are. I see you and wonder what she would be like and the adventures she would be on.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

Why 'Getting Over It' Is A Myth You Should Ignore

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I had been widowed just over a year and well into my own Healing Journey when my mother gave me some very wise advice (which I both follow and dole out to this day). She told me to stop and look back at how far I had progressed since that awful season in time when my husband passed away. When I actually took the time to stop and examine how far I had progressed to that point (and have progressed since that time many years ago), I started worrying less about being "over it" and started appreciating the healing that I had accomplished instead.

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines.

Learning to Live With Loss (Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Sara Hurwitz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Sara Hurwitz

We cannot hide from reality forever. We cannot occupy the role of Yosef Ha-Kohen indefinitely. For some, the veil behind which they stand might be the law, but for others it could be any number of behaviors.