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Coping With Grief

7 Tips When Dealing With Grief Trauma After the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Gloria Horsley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

Just the fact that the terrorist attack took place in Paris, an international city we connect with beauty, love and pleasure, is an assault on humanit...

I Yelled At My Dying Husband, And I'm Still Mired In Shame

Debbie Weiss | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

Two and a half years after my husband George died of cancer, I am still mired in shame and regret because I was such a poor caregiver to him. Images of me angry, yelling at him, continue to haunt me.

Ruth's Gift of Hope: How a Total Stranger Changed My Holiday

Gloria Horsley | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

That woman's faith, courage and belief carried me through that holiday and many others to come. I never saw Ruth again, but I will be forever grateful or her message of hope.

An Open Letter to New Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

As painful as it is, literally setting small goals each day will help you through this very dark and lonely time. You may not understand and know the purpose for your loss. This will come later with openness and insight.

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...

What It Really Feels Like After a Loved One Dies by Suicide

Kerry Turner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry Turner

While there is tons of accessible information on the prevention of suicide, very little is said about what the people left behind go through after losing a loved one in this manner.

Death of a Child: Dealing With Clothes, Cleaning Rooms, and Displaying Pictures

Gloria Horsley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

One might say it is only logical that the parents of the deceased have all the say of when, where, and how to deal with their deceased child's personal items. There lies the rub; it is parents, plural, not one person but two people making the decision.

A Beautiful Goodbye To The Most Significant Person In My Life -- My Husband

Reena Nagrani | Posted 09.04.2015 | Divorce
Reena Nagrani

I've finally said my beautiful goodbye, when I've finally let go, I'll meet the person who's been waiting for me all along. Someone willing to love me exactly as I am, always, and no matter what. It will be me.

A Letter To The Children Who Lost Parents on 9/11

Kelly Halsch | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Kelly Halsch

This is to you-to those of you who were just babies when you lost a parent.

A Wish for My Dead Daughter's Birthday

Wendy Keller | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Keller

I looked at how much I've learned, given, and grown since she died. I began to feel the pain clearing. If I died today, I could be at peace knowing that despite the dreadful, heart-wrenching event of the car accident, I have made something of my life, something that means something to me.

Love and 'Nashville'

Beth Leyba | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Beth Leyba

I have a few shows that I've felt attached to over the years, but never so much that I let it affect my emotional wellbeing. This show has been different, because it was "our show" -- my grandma and I, that is.

How Coping Style Affects Stress In Parents Of Preemies

Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents

BY JANICE NEUMANN Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:54pm EDT (Reuters Health) - - Preemies often have lasting health issues and their parents often feel stre...

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

8 Tips for Coping With the Death of a Parent

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

However, just because the death of a parent is common place and is the natural order of things, this does not mean a person can or should be expected to simply and quickly bounce back.

The Description Of Grief That Gave Madonna Badger Hope: 'It Changed Everything'

OWN | Posted 10.28.2014 | OWN

After former advertising agency owner Madonna Badger tragically lost her two parents and three daughters in a Christmas Day house fire in 2011, her gr...

Food for Thought on Yom Kippur: Suicide and Mental Illness

Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D.

I'm often asked whether suicide is a "choice," and of course in some literal sense it is. Yet it's a decision profoundly influenced by the hopelessness, distorted thinking, and compromised decision-making that can result from serious mental illnesses.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

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 -- -- and I've writ...

Rebirthing After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I find rebirthing to be excruciating. I am consciously participating in its unfolding. That is part of the pain. The awareness. The consciousness. The involvement. It is not going easily or quietly or calmly. It is agony. Filled with bottomless voids, and oh so many memories. Memories of the past and of what could have been. But will not be. And I struggle to make new memories.

Searching for Seva: How Learning to Help Others Their Way Healed My Life

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

On an August day in 2012, in a remote jungle village in Peru, a group of little girls jostled each other for a turn at a newly installed spigot, where they could fill plastic cups for their first-ever drink of filtered water.

Letting Go of Pieces of the Past

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

What do I do with this dream? And now these thoughts? What part of the past is dragging me down? What part of the past can I let go of?

Countdown to the First Anniversary of My Husband's Death

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Time keeps marching on -- relentlessly. Passed nine months, and it's halfway to ten months. I feel like I am in a Space Shuttle launch countdown seque...

Here Is What You Do When You Are Grieving

Katherine Fritz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Women
Katherine Fritz

Weakness and vulnerability are not the same. In case you'd forgotten. It is sometimes helpful to remember this.

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.

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.