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Death of a Spouse

I Lost My Spouse A Month Ago And The Pain Is Unimaginable

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

One month ago, Peter, my husband of 47 years, died of a heart attack. When you lose a parent, you have siblings or family members to comfort you. When you lose a spouse, you lose your life partner and are alone. The hardest thing about grief is to see life going on.

How This 55-Year-Old Widow Is Creating A Fulfilling New Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.25.2015 | Fifty

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 r...

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.

Widower Says It's A 'Miracle' He Found Wife's Lost Dollar Bill Years Later

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty

ABC US News | World News   In what he calls a "miracle," 86-year-old widower Peter Bilello got a touching message from his late wife wh...

The Light in Sheryl Sandberg's Post on Grief

Donna Mebane | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Donna Mebane

Given the insights that Sheryl has already found and so generously shared, I have little doubt that, despite the utter depletion that her grief has caused, she will continue to regain her amazing strength over time in new and significant ways.

Widow In Love Triangle: ‘He Didn't Die Fighting For Me; He Died Fighting For Her'

Posted 08.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

In the small town of Meridian, Idaho, a love triangle turned deadly in 2011 when Emmett Corrigan, who had five children with his wife, Ashlee, was sho...

The 2-Minute Phone Call That Changed My Life Forever

Honey Good | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I lost my husband and my daughters lost their devoted father in a short two-minute telephone conversation. The next few days were a blur.

The Worst Year of My Life

Mark Malinowski | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

As 2015 begins, I cannot help but think of all that has happened in my in life in 2014. I lost my beloved husband Randy to ALS in March. He fought t...

Rattlesnakes Have Been Observed

Tom Judson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Judson

Every year toward the end of September, as my teeth sink into the crystallized outer shell of the season's first striated melocreme, I hop into my confectionary time machine and find myself whisked back to 10 happy days in Montana.

Yagana Shah

93-Year-Old Widower's Poem To Late Wife Is Simply Beautiful | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty

Radio listeners were likely brought to tears when they tuned in to BBC's 5 Live Breakfast program Monday to hear 93-year-old Bob Lowe share a touching...

Spousal Death Cause Power Outage: 25 Ways to Amp Up Your Power

Gloria Horsley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

If you or a family member are one of the thousands of people who were widowed last year and are having these feelings, you are not alone. No one likes feeling powerless or less connected. Let's look at what is going on.

Life Event -- Death of a Spouse

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.05.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

You will be coping with lots of emotions and handling many complex financial decisions as well. You may have had a spouse that handled all the family finances in the past. If so, this may be a significant learning curve for you.

Letting Go of Pieces of the Past

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

What do I do with this dream? And now these thoughts? What part of the past is dragging me down? What part of the past can I let go of?

Countdown to the First Anniversary of My Husband's Death

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Time keeps marching on -- relentlessly. Passed nine months, and it's halfway to ten months. I feel like I am in a Space Shuttle launch countdown seque...

Brown-Eyed Boy

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Michelle E. Steinke

Widowhood is full of mixed emotions. On any given day the same situation can hit me a hundred different ways.

Dating After The Death Of A Spouse, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, had some powerful insights to lend on the highly personal topic of dating after the death of a spouse. “Deci...

How Travel Can Help Heal Your Grief or Pain

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

No, you'll never be the same, and yes, you'll have only memories and photographs where once there was a person who made you feel more alive. But you can start down a new path.

Freedom Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be Now That I'm A Widow

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

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.

An Unexpected Life Preserver After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I found this poem, again. Rob believed that he had experienced a life/death choice during his surgery and wrote this poem from it. I always read it thinking of cancer and illness and death. Now I feel he wrote it as a lifeline to me.

Losing a Partner: How to Recover from the Loss of a Loved One

Margaret Manning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Accept the love and support of family and friends at this time, but understand that they may not know what to say or do.

Welcome To Week 1 Of Bereavement Boot Camp

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.12.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week One of 'Bereavement Boot Camp'. Did I just scare you? Relax. Let me reassure you that that this particular Boot Camp does not include barking drill sergeants and 20-mile hikes.

The Widow's Guilt

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Kristin Meekhof

After my husband's death, I came home to complete silence. He died in the midst of a Michigan winter. This meant it was dark by 6 p.m. and cold. Curled up with a blanket on the couch, I had the fantasy that I would quit my job, move to Hawaii and walk on the beach.

End Of The Season

Robert Julian | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

It has been seven weeks since the sudden death of Patrick, my partner of 23 years. You might say that I have stepped out for intermission. Maybe I could tell you that the production has been shut down, that the play will be rewritten for later debut in a more hospitable season.

Do We Frown Upon Widows Seeking Love? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty

After all I’d seen, all I’d done and failed to do, I couldn’t imagine having the will again to take on responsibility for another person. The idea that I might stand before my friends in a white dress and pledge to love someone else in sickness and in health? Unthinkable.

How I Embraced A New Me After The Loss Of My Spouse

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The widowed community generally spends a lot of time talking about how much late spouses are missed. Not only is this completely and totally normal, it is also a welcome catharsis and a necessary factor in moving through the grieving process. But do you ever miss 'you' as well?