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Death of a Parent

After They Died, I Found My Purpose

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Right now, I have six applications on my desk from animal rescue organizations in desperate need of help. Each one of them is unique -- yet, the urgency is the same. Their facilities are on the verge of collapse or closure. And, without the buildings -- what happens to the animals they rescue and save?

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.

Reclaiming My Dad On Father's Day

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

When life throws you a 100 mph curve ball, that hits you in the face ... and then another, and another, there are lots of things you can do. If you're a child, set on survival, you block it out and move on.

Remembering Those Who Are No Longer With Us This Mother's Day

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Mother's Day is here and it's my first one without Mom. My mother, Evelyn Levine, died on April 19, and it was a huge personal loss as well as the end of an era. She was the last of the Greatest Generation in her family. More importantly, she was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as my biggest fan.

A Mothers' Day Remembrance

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty
Mark D. Weinberg

A few weeks before she died, my mother asked me: "Was I a good mother?" Without a second's hesitation, I said: "No." She looked puzzled, and I quickly said: "You ARE a good mother."

Happy Mother's Day to My Mindful Mom, I Still Miss You

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Kathy Walsh

It's been 32 years since you left the earth and Mother's Day is still so hard for me. I was 24 years young when you died. Although I was an adult, I was still young enough to need you. And I still need you today. I wonder every day how different my life would be if you were here.

5 Siblings On What It Was Like To Grow Up With Domestic Violence -- Including The Murder Of Their Mom

Posted 09.03.2015 | Dr. Phil

An all-new season of Dr. Phil premieres September 14! Nearly 15 years ago, police officer Brenda Sexton was brutally beaten to death by her boyfri...


Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

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

Why I Still Wear My Mother's Robe 3 Years After Her Death

Michelle Frost | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Frost

My mother died three years ago. Every morning I wake up, and without thinking I put on her robe. Of all the precious things she gave me; a sense of humor, a love of Mondays, her favorite ring and her golf shoes, it is her robe I love the most. It is soft, pink, and what was.

To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Tricia McCallum

Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.

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

The First Year Without Her

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Meaghan McGoldrick

Twelve months in and you accept that the month she died will always be the hardest. It's been 364 days since you held her hand and pulled the plug, but you still can't bear to listen to old voicemails, afraid of what her voice on tape might do to you (even though you've heard her laugh every day since she died).

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

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.

'This Is What It Feels Like To Be Fatherless'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I'd never experienced seasickness before. I'd been on ocean trawlers, cruisers, catamarans, and pontoons and never had a queasy moment. I was suddenly alone in space, shivering and sick inside my foul weather gear.

The Black Dress

Susannah Lewis | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

Before I could fall to my knees and sob into the black polished cotton, I was interrupted by a kind tone and a smiling face.

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

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.

Mom and Me

Michelle Madison | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Madison

I have learned that life's struggles are meant to be shared and not carried alone. I have learned that you don't wait to say "I love you" until the person is sick or dying; you say it every day. You make sure the people in your life know how important they are to you.

11 Things to Do This Mothers Day to 'Mother Yourself'

Gloria Horsley | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Gloria Horsley

I know for some of you Mother's Day will be difficult not just due to a death, but to other types of losses as well such as illness or divorce. For those who are feeling sad and confused I would like to share with you a few things I did that helped me through those early unhopeful Mother's Days.

The Long Goodbye

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Right now I am on the worst roller coaster ride of my life, and I desperately want off. But there is no end in sight.

I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

Coming Home

Robin Korth | Posted 04.05.2014 | Women
Robin Korth

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

Why I Can't Stop Taking Photos of My Kids

Cara Paiuk | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

I want them to hear my voice, through movies and through my words. I want them to see themselves through my eyes, through my pictures. I want them to hear us laugh together. I want them to see that I could not stop kissing their delicious cheeks. I want them to see that I was happy. Because of them. Because of the love that enveloped us every day.