You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.
We were all together again. It had been many years since all of my tribe had gathered in one place. Dad had called us all home. In that, we were pleased and happy to see each other
Yesterday morning, while driving my son to preschool, I turned on KPCC and heard Mayor Garcetti in the midst of talking about someone. All I heard was, "... he was literally the most universally liked man in Hollywood," and I knew that Tom Sherak had died.
This past weekend was jam packed, again, still. A combination of my need to keep busy and the freedom to actually be able to get out. But obviously that freedom comes at a high price.
He knew. We knew. But we were NOT ready. We were NOT OK letting go and losing Daddy. It is hard. So hard that there are no words.
Psychologists explain the five stages of death, five emotional experiences that a person goes through upon being informed that the end of his or her l...
I am a professor of death. I have helped hundreds of students learn about dying, and still can't think of anything harder than losing someone you love...
Whether it is 1922 or 2014, coping with grief is a complex and deeply personal process. Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley, demonstrate some basic principles about getting through a tragic loss that are as true today as they were in generations past.
One of the greatest lessons of Buddhism is that of impermanence -- that what comes into one's life will, at some point, leave. I'm not saying that we all have to embrace the teaching of Buddhism, but there is wisdom in this train of thought.
Winston: Lucan was a Roman poet who lived 2,000 years ago. He was tutored by his uncle, Seneca, the famous Stoic philosopher. As for the quote... ...
It is a sad reality that after losing a spouse, many widowed are the victims of accusation, criticism and actual blame. Whether it comes from the outside (relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc.) or is instead self-imposed, there is a lot of unnecessary pain being inflicted on the widowed; the very people who are in desperate need of support, rather than spite.
With my legs spread out in front of me, exhausted and in total fear, I pray repeatedly "Lord, don't let my son die." EMT officials administer RCAN, but the heart monitor set up a few feet away is flat-lined. He died in my arms.
Inside a suburban Kansas City Wal-Mart on Black Friday 2013, (the so-called inaugural holiday shopping season immediately following Thanksgiving) artist Mark Allen zips himself inside one of his custom body bags and plays dead. Allen gets the reaction he expects.
Celebrating the holidays alone can be a great joy, but it requires good planning, a positive attitude and most importantly, realistic expectations. Here is our short list of tips to help you have a joyful holiday season solo.
When Antonio's eyes closed for good last fall, mine opened wide and saw the light. There is so much work yet to be done, not only here on the farm but in the streets of your town. The hearts and minds of all those at risk must be won over, or they too will become someone else's grief.
As we move through the holiday season and head into the New Year, our society sends the message loud and clear: this is a time to rejoice, spread good...
Actor Paul Walker, the star of 'Fast & Furious,' a movie series about fiery car crashes, just died in a fiery car crash. Death, always, sucks. But an ironic death? Even worse. I hope to die doing something totally unremarkable. Dusting the bookshelves. Walking the dog. Soaking in the tub.
When I think of a world without our beloved Mandela, I imagine how empty it will feel without his great intellect and incredible gift.
The stages of grief were not meant to tell you what you feel, what you should feel, and when exactly you should feel it. They were not meant to dictate whether you are doing your grief "correctly" or not. They were meant to normalize a deeply not-normal time.
Advanced illness is unfortunately an aspect of life. While our culture no longer whispers the name of serious conditions such as cancer, we far too often go silent on the subject of dealing with a disease that is likely to take the life of someone we love.