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Dealing With Death

The Silver Lining of a Very Dark Cloud

Danielle Posa | Posted 05.18.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Danielle Posa

It's been 3 weeks since his death and there is a new sadness that lives inside of me that feels like it will never fade away. It's as if my being has been permanently changed. The cells of my body are different. My organs feel different. And my heart physically aches inside of my chest.

When You Lose a Loved One, When Is The Right Time To Let Go Of Their Stuff?

Melissa Wilder Joyce | Posted 04.28.2017 | Healthy Living
Melissa Wilder Joyce

As I let some of these things go, as I move forward into a next chapter without him walking next to me, I know without a shadow of a doubt that what matters the most is that I am carrying his heart within my own.

What to Expect When You Lose a Loved One

Melissa Wilder Joyce | Posted 03.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Melissa Wilder Joyce

If I could give a letter to the girl who stood dripping with fear and sorrow on on the outset of the next two years of grief, I believe it would look something like this.

The Lessons My Grief Has Taught Me

Samantha McGraw | Posted 03.03.2017 | HuffPost Home
Samantha McGraw

In early 2009, living my life with some redundancy and lack of purpose, I found myself suddenly searching for the rug that had been pulled from under ...

Finding Light in the Darkness

Chloe Marchant | Posted 03.01.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Chloe Marchant

My attempt to find the true lesson behind his passing Sometimes, you just have to think real hard. Put all the pain aside and find the purpose behind...

20 Things I Wish More People Understood About Losing a Parent as a Kid

Toby Nwazor | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Toby Nwazor

Time may heal all wounds, but it does nothing about the scars. So please try and understand if at certain times we say that we miss our dead parent(s).

Grief 10 Years Later

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Just like love, grief is an experience that evolves and changes with time; but one thing is for sure, it is not forgettable, because it never goes away.

Take a Tragic Moment, Sprinkle Some Humor, And Shake Vigorously

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

"Since you killed Dad today, I'll buy the pie." I uttered those precise words to my sister, Heidi, on December 1, 2013. Before you call the cops, let me explain.

The Light in Sheryl Sandberg's Post on Grief

Donna Mebane | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Mebane

Given the insights that Sheryl has already found and so generously shared, I have little doubt that, despite the utter depletion that her grief has caused, she will continue to regain her amazing strength over time in new and significant ways.

Love and Grief Come Together

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 05.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Baldwin Panagore

You might think that knowing what I know about death, God, Love and the Afterlife that I might not grieve. But I do because grieving comes from loving. You grieve whom love. Love and grief come together although they arrive at different times. You can't have one without the other.


Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

Holidays Without Loved Ones Are Tough. On Dogs.

Mel Miskimen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Mel Miskimen

This will be our third Thanksgiving without my father's sidekick for close to 70 years -- my mother. We've all made adjustments. The only family member who lags behind, is Seamus, my 9-year-old black labrador.

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

Death Over Dinner

Connor Belson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Connor Belson

The dinner began with intertwining circles of friends coming together to discuss an uncomfortable topic, and it ended with those previously strangers laughing and sharing and bonding over mutual fears and similar reactions and unique stories.

My Sweetest Songs

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

It's war torn and sepia-colored now, parchment like, but the little scrap of paper containing this verse has long been a treasure of mine, a template for any poem I write.

Your Friends Are Dying

Zach Dean | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Perspective is a funny, fleeting thing, and the lens in which we view our world is ever changing. Often we stumble upon a perspective we like -- a perspective of playfulness, appreciation, or positivity -- and it transforms our whole world for a few moments.

Your Grief in Print

Christine Stoddard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Grief may be private or it may be communal. Either way, it is a personal emotion, experience, and era that you either choose to share or not.

Through Great Loss There Can Be Great Gain

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Fred's journey through grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. He has been able to maintain a healthy, loving sense of connection with Rose and at the same time engage in living in the present, and allowing his life to flourish.

The Edge of Grief: A Summer Reflection

Ellen Frankel | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

As a bereavement counselor, it is my job to help create a safe space to give voice to the unspeakable, and to companion others in their grief journey as they travel into the wilderness of their soul in search of their own inner knowing and truth.

What it's Like Pocket-Dialing a Dead Parent and Being Emotionally Triggered by Five Guys

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 09.07.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Death is kind of like a bad break-up. There's a lot of ugly crying, fetal position dry heaves, binge drinking and subsequent after-hours spent reaching for the phone. The only difference is that, this time, there's no chance of reconcile.

7 Mistakes People Make When A Friend's Child Dies

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A therapist or psychiatrist may or may not be helpful to a bereaved parent. But a friend who can listen generously and non-judgmentally, recognizing that there is no "fix" for this tragedy, will probably be greatly valued.

When the Holidays Aren't Joyous: 5 Tips for Helping Children Cope With Loss

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Bonnie Rubenstein

For kids, the holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement. However, for some children who have suffered a recent loss, the holidays can be especially hard.

That Pinata at My Sister's Memorial Service: Why 'Selfies at Funerals' Don't Bother Me at All

April Daniels Hussar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
April Daniels Hussar

Death reaches us in different ways, at different times of our lives. Some funerals might call for a piñata donkey, others for a sexy selfie in the bathroom. Do not stand at my grave and weep, goes the line. It's okay to weep, though. It's also okay to laugh. Honestly, what else can you do?

How to Be Intimate Again After Loss

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Rasmussen

I didn't know I could fall in love again after my husband died of stage 4 colon cancer. After all, my heart froze on that day. My body was alive, bu...

I Waged A War Against Depression

Tanner Snider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Tanner Snider

Everything seemed out of control. My family had always felt safe, now it felt chaotic, random, uncontrolled. Looking back now, I see how that dark July day, a day so final, marked my beginning.