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Death of a Parent

Terminally Ill Mom’s Wish For Her Teen Children

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Dr. Phil

Adriane was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer two years ago. Now, she says she and her husband of eight years are in a battle with her ex-husb...

Preparing for the Death of a Parent

Craig Ballantyne | Posted 06.01.2016 | Fifty
Craig Ballantyne

Before my father passed in 2008, I was fortunate enough to spend almost every day with him during his final summer. We went on dozens of long drives through the countryside, comparing faraway cornfields to the ones close to his farm, and tracking down old tractors.

In Honor of My Mother on Mother's Day: Mātṛ Devo Bhava (May You Become One for Whom Mother Is Divine)

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

My mother taught more by example than by words. I absorbed the example and only now I search for the words. I remember and honor her for the special way that she embodied and taught three values that matter deeply to me.

Surviving the Grief of Mothering Without a Mother

Erin Johnson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Erin Johnson

I know what it takes to be a mother and it's so very hard to walk this road without you. It's so much harder than the many tasks that go into taking care of kids.

Saying Goodbye To My Father

Laurie Stone | Posted 04.13.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Stone

On a cloudless day in September 1983 I stood on the deck of the Queen Elizabeth 2, waving goodbye to no one in particular. I was 26 and all around people shouted farewell to loved ones on the pier below. Since this was a business trip, I assumed nobody would be there to see me off. I was wrong.

The First Time I Saw My Daddy

Leilani Carrasco Smith | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Leilani Carrasco Smith

For 31 years of my life, I'd just assumed that the majority of my facial features came from my Momma. But as I gazed into Daddy's face now slimmed by disease, I saw the giver of my forehead, my lips, the sharp curve in my temples. I saw me in him and him in me.

One Year After Losing My Mother

Madeleine Rose | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Madeleine Rose

When my mother died, I lost a chunk of my heart. I do not think I will ever get it back. Your mother is your home. She gave you life. Unsurprisingly, life isn't the same without her. It loses meaning. In this crazy time of transition for me I have found that I have lost all courage, conviction, and confidence.

8 Things I Learned Years After My Dad's Suicide

Becky Olson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Becky Olson

know these are just a few of the lessons I will continue to learn as I progress forward as a survivor. I'm so thankful that support groups for survivors exist and the wonderful survivor friends I have made over the years who have helped reveal some of these teachings to me. Being a survivor of suicide is a title I never expected I'd bear, but I'm finding my way through this grief journey little by little.

A Daughter's Experience With Delayed Grief

Erin Campbell | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Campbell

What I learned was, when we experience loss, there is a necessity for us to recognize the pain of that loss and reflect on how that loss is impacting our lives. There's a quote, by Anne Roiphe that I've become very fond of, "Grief is in two parts. The first is the loss. The second is the remaking of life."

It's My Wedding Day And You Are In Heaven

Erin Lucas | Posted 01.20.2016 | Weddings
Erin Lucas

I can't dance with you on my wedding day, Dad, but I do get to dance with your brother and I know it's what you would have wanted. I hope you will lend us a hand that day as tears are already falling down my face picturing that bittersweet dance.

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 06.21.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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 05.08.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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.