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Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

November-ing: A Time to Remember and Reconnect

Eric Budzynski | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Eric Budzynski

Late at night in my bunk bed while I immersed myself into those ghost stories, I was secretly jealous of the characters that were alive. They had the chance to see an actual ghost, something that was definitely on my very short bucket list by the age of 10.

Suddenly Single: 7 Inspiring Stories of Women Thriving After a Loss

Jacqueline Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Jacqueline Miller

On Super Bowl Sunday 2002, my husband didn't wake up. He died of a heart attack in his sleep. I was devastated. I became a suddenly single mom, left to raise my six-year-old and eleven-year-old sons, while managing a demanding career.

5 Ways Through Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Allow your body, allow your mind, allow your heart, allow your soul. Rise to your knees or stand and run, out of the shadow and into the light. It is your gift to move. To mourn. To speak. To breathe. To run. To love. To be. To live.

How My Mother's Death Gave Me Back My Life

Magin LaSov Gregg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Women
Magin LaSov Gregg

Our mothers are the mirrors through which we learn to see our selves, the map through which our identities first find course. Without them, who are we? Who do we become? 

Julianna Snow: Can a 5-Year-Old Choose Heaven?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Perhaps the most vivid aspect of Julianna's story is not that this is a 5-year-old who wants to go to heaven. No, what really struck me as most impressive about her story -- and most unique -- is that she has a team of physicians and family members who are helping her to make the right decision.

11 Fascinating Books to Help Us Talk About Death and Dying

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Death. It happens to everyone. Knowledge is power, so we've created a list of books to introduce you to many of the curiosities that the "D" word has to offer.

Undeveloped Film

Beth Leyba | Posted 10.28.2015 | 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...

Practicing Dying

Debra Kissen | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women
Debra Kissen

I am writing this blog as I sit here, in my warmed robe, in a soothingly decorated waiting room, waiting for my mammogram results. My mind is reviewing how it will handle hearing quite possibly the most dreaded words in the world: "You have cancer."

Pre-Death Dreams Aren't Hallucinations

Van Winkle's | Posted 10.26.2015 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

During their final days, people commonly report having extraordinary dreams and visions. While there's an extensive record of these pre-death experiences, little formal research on them exists.

The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...

Making Friends With Death

Sharon Eakes | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sharon Eakes

I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to trav...

How California's End Of Life Option Act Could Have Changed My Mother's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Jessica Vogelsang

Instead of concentrating on my time with my mother, I spent most of it worrying. It's not the inevitability of the outcome that matters in these situations, it's the little bits of control we are given in times where so much of it has been taken away. And that would have changed so much.

We Each Have Two Lives. The Second Begins When We Realize We Have Only One

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can't I be even a teeny bit resentful that I do all these good deeds, behave in all the right ways, and God (whatever and whoever that is) didn't see fit to save my son's life?

Palliative Care Is a Human Right

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

This year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) put out a revolutionary report about improving quality of care at end of life for all Americans, including children. Despite these important advances, we still have a long way to go in ensuring that palliative care becomes a human right for all.

What Death Taught Me About Life

Debra Campbell-Tunks | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Campbell-Tunks

From death, I learned to live passionately, live kindly, to love like there's no tomorrow, because everything else is a waste of our precious time.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

A Tale of Two Teens and Their Grief: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

New Harbinger | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

Caregivers play a huge role in the coping journey of teens grieving the loss of a sibling. Understanding why a teen might be reacting to grief in a troubling way is the first step on the road to better coping and a brighter future.

Your Pain Isn't Your Fault: Why Some Teachers and Gurus Have It Wrong

Megan Devine | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Pain simply is. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.

When Death Comes in Close

Jesua | Posted 08.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul

I'm so acutely aware of Death in the field right now. Always with us, Death is. And yet I've been carefully and heartfully tracking, as I know so man...

5 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Wendy Keller | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Keller

By being aware of these simple things to do or not do, you will be a much more appreciated and valued comforter in this dark time. You will be truly supporting and helping the person you care about in their hour of need.

The Smart, Scary Thing About Dummies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Katz, M.D.

Those dummies may be hard to abide because they confront us with ourselves. Some of us may prefer to avert our eyes because of what lies within. The dummies are too much like us. Like us, they are but a gesture apart from the darkness.

Explaining the Unexplainable Pain of Losing a Pet

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Saying goodbye to Killian was one of the most painful days of my life -- a tie with losing my dad. We were lucky to give Killian a dignified, peaceful way to Heaven. Even though I still feel him with me when I need him most, the pain is so gut-wrenching and the grief is so real.

10 Things That Changed Me After the Death of a Parent

Lisa Schmidt | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women
Lisa Schmidt

I don't think there is anything that can prepare you to lose a parent. It is a larger blow in adulthood I believe, because you are at the point where you are actually friends with your mother or father.

Life After Death? A Religious Studies Professor Becomes a Student

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Along the road somewhere, deep into the night, I began to reflect on why it was so important for us to be there. Why were we making such an effort to see someone who would neither know we were there, nor have any chance of speaking to us? Was there any logic to it?