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What Losing Your Mother Feels Like

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Losing a mother is like being on a ship that has lost it's ballast and is now at the mercy of the deepest ocean and all it holds within. I bob around without a foundation to bring me back to the same balanced spot each time, a spot I just can't get right.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

The Living We Do While We're Dying

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I want less "no." I want more laughter. I want less rushing and I want more intention. I want to work together. I want to hear the things they think about. I want to know who my children are, as much as we can know such things.

A Legacy of Loss

Michelle Hanson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Michelle Hanson

My father died when I was 16. I do not know what he would have thought of my prom gown, or if he would have handed me his handkerchief on my wedding day. I do not know if my mother would have approved of my college major or how I handled the stressors of my first job.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

9 Questions to Ask Friends and Family at Thanksgiving

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

So, what to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner, when you are sitting indoors because the bad weather canceled the touch football game, washing dishes, or watching an NFL blowout?

Breaking Free From Psychics and Mediums

Eric W. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

I've always known that mediums and psychics are all con artists who make their livings exploiting the bereaved. Now that I'm a widower, I've begun to ...

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 01.18.2015 | Good News
Kimanzi Constable

I'm not even sure where to start. There's a lot that hasn't been said out loud, but it's not necessary because I know how you feel. More than anything, I want to say thank you and I love you.

How to Live a Joyful Life

Sarah Key | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Key

Glenn Markman (aka Glenno) graciously and naturally taught those boys how to be men, how not to be afraid of laughter or tears. He exemplified how to life a joyful life. Here are some lessons I gleaned from Glenno...

Serendipity Breeze

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died in her bed on a quiet autumn morning as Tennessee Ernie Ford promised there would be peace in the valley. Outside her window, a sudden wind tossed the tree limbs, and the leaves floated to the ground.

10 Ways to Comfort Your Holiday Grief Without Food

Paula Stephens, M.A. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Stephens, M.A.

Find gratitude. Even though it seems like the entire universe is happy, focus on the things in your life, not related to the holidays, you are grateful for. We can practice gratitude 365 days a year, don't get stuck in negative thinking that you might carry with you into the new year.

Amanda Gutterman

Why We Need To Start Talking About Death Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books

Whether you call it “assisted suicide” or “death with dignity,” stories about people choosing to die on their own terms have been making the n...

Halloween and Grief: When the Nightmare Is Real

Megan Devine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

One dear friend pointed out this morning how hard it is to reconcile the cemetery where she takes her very young child to visit her father's grave with the plastic headstones all over town, the scary way graveyards are depicted, not just at Halloween, but in many children's stories.

What If Death Is Nothing to Fear?

John Backman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
John Backman

We filed out the church doors to the memory garden where a small hole had been dug. The minister laid my parents' urn into the hole and invited family members to place a spadeful of dirt on it.

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Death with dignity is an issue with consistent majority support that somehow endures being described as "controversial." But a vocal minority has been given a disproportionately outsized platform.

How To Survive A Suicide

Alex Lawrence | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Lawrence

tell myself that while my feelings of anger, guilt, and selfishness are normal, they aren't where I should live my life. I love her. And that's enough. Love is always enough. It's a lesson that will probably take another 10 years to just begin to understand. So for now, when I hear those words, I'm ready to start accepting it for what it is, an act of grace and love.

Die a Good Death

Phil Latessa | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Phil Latessa

'Die a good death' is the summary of a project I've been working on in Tanzania for the past seven years. We began at the peak of the AIDS crisis, training lay people to care for terminally ill AIDS patients. When the health system could do no more for them, they were sent home to die.

Active Dying

Patrice Feinstein | Posted 12.26.2014 | Fifty
Patrice Feinstein

To us, living is a joy and death should be as joyful as possible -- free from pain and the interminable waiting.

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

Their Pop is the one they saw last month, the last time they saw him. The Pop that was not feeling well that day. The Pop that slept most of the day, but still managed to get up and spend some time with them.

Two Perspectives: Assisted Dying or Assisted Living?

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Both Brittany and Kara write beautiful justifications for their positions on life (and death), and I admire both women -- Brittany for taking ownership of her life and the way she wants it to end, and Kara for fighting to be present with her family and to find ultimate meaning in her suffering.

Why Dying at 75 Is Worth Considering

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 11.30.2014 | Fifty
Joy Page Manuel

By now most of you have probably read Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's highly riveting and thought-provoking article on why he hopes to die at 75. Based on some reactions I've read, I know that the ideas he put forward are contentious and made a lot of people uncomfortable and even enraged. However, I admit that this essay earned a huge nod from me.

The Healing Powers Of Sitting Shiva

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Mourning a loved one is hardly the most pleasant of activities, but for those participating in the Jewish ritual of sitting shiva, it can offer much-n...

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?

Keeping Their Memories Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

We need to emphasize and celebrate the values, passions, memories and legacies of those we have lost rather than constantly rewinding how they were taken from us.

What The Tragedies Of This Summer Can Teach Us About Living

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Maybe the pain of death -- of all the deaths this summer -- will finally remind us what it means to live.