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Coping With Death

The Second Year Slump: The Struggle To Find A New Life

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 09.09.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

In the first year of my grief, I was pretty much running on numb. I get that this second year will be a tough haul. My latest funk was triggered in a doctor's office when I was filling out paperwork.

Yoga And Learning To Live With The Experience Of Death

Sujantra McKeever | Posted 06.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sujantra McKeever

It took four months to realize that, to paraphrase Walt Whitman, every cell in me as well belongs to her. Up until that moment, four months after her ...

Preparing for the Death of a Parent

Craig Ballantyne | Posted 08.17.2016 | HuffPost Home
Craig Ballantyne

Before my father passed in 2008, I was fortunate enough to spend almost every day with him during his final summer. We went on dozens of long drives through the countryside, comparing faraway cornfields to the ones close to his farm, and tracking down old tractors.

One mother's story on hearing of her sons tragic death in Thailand, and the journey to bring home his baby son. ENTRY 1

Chery Hayes | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Chery Hayes

Josh's Story I was wakened by the most awful news a mother could possibly hear. It was a long day the day before, and I was looking forward to sleep...

6 Things I Wish People Knew About Grieving the Loss of a Child

Malka Ahmed | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Malka Ahmed

I lost my daughter a year and half ago, and I still consider my grief to be very new. But every time I meet up with a friend or see family, their reactions to my pain surprises me.

11 Life Lessons From a Grieving Mother

Julie Garner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Garner

While my heart remains broken, I want to share what I've learned from the front lines of the greatest battle of my life. These lessons haven't healed me completely, but they have helped. And I hope they help other people who, God forbid, have to fight through tragic loss.

Learning How to Grieve the Loss of My Father

Alicia Napierkowski | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Napierkowski

Being thrown back into the world with a heightened sense of self brings me to a place I can't turn back from. I am in a mental and emotional purgatory but now that I've given myself a chance to speak to all of this, I have found some clarity. I'm going to let my hard days be hard days, and thank my good days for shining light into the shadows.

Grief Is Good Medicine

Omega Institute | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Loss is a part of life, but in the West we're generally not good at experiencing and expressing grief. Sobonfu Somé, one of today's top voices of African spirituality, recently shared lessons on grief from the Dagara tradition of Burkina Faso at a talk in Asheville, North Carolina. Here, Omega shares our top takeaways.

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.

My Friend Died 10 Years Ago, And I Never Imagined The Ways It Would Change Me

Avelist | Posted 01.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Avelist

Of course as time goes on, life moves forward. You never forget. And you'll never be the same. How could you be? There are some things in life that are so big and so profound that we can't experience them without being changed. Here are some of the lessons I've learned and the ways I've changed:

Love After Death

Dr. Debra Campbell | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debra Campbell

After a few weeks of grieving I'm so tired of my head, riding the roller-coaster of loss again and again. I crash, then come up to refocus my attention on living again; read a book with my son, do some coloring, punch the bag at the gym, work out dinner... get through the days on a micro-level, nerve by nerve.

Undeveloped Film

Beth Leyba | Posted 10.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Leyba

There are three rolls of film in canisters sitting on the table near the door, where they have sat for at least a month. No one develops film any more...

Bread and Butter: On Love, Loss and Books

Megan G. Close | Posted 10.09.2016 | Books
Megan G. Close

I was lucky to have been born into a family of readers; bibliophilia is a genetic condition for us. Grannie used to tell me that ever since childhood she felt that she needed nothing else for happiness but a book and some bread and butter. I've always loved that image.

To Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet

Fatherly | Posted 10.05.2016 | Parents
Fatherly

He sighed again, and there was something of an apology in it. "I am sorry you have to do this," he told me. I pulled my phone from my pocket and called the vet. He said to come whenever I am ready. I said "a few hours," to give the kids time for their goodbyes.

The 5 Miracles of Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships: I can conjure three distinct memories from my childhood hom...

Creativity, a Pathway to Hope

New Harbinger | Posted 07.16.2016 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

"What are you going to do when he is gone?" I don't think my beloved girlfriend expects an answer. Her question floats out on a sigh of concern as ...

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 05.05.2016 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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.