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Death of a Spouse

The Perfect Movies For Anyone Who Needs Cheering Up

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 07.23.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

A few weeks ago, I was vacationing with my son Nick, daughter-in-law Carolyn, the grandkids, Lucas aged 13 and Georgia aged 9, and their adorable dog Simon, in Santa Barbara. I thoroughly relished my time being with my sweet family but, it had been a particularly tough day for me emotionally.

Celebrating My Birthday For The First Time Since My Husband DIed

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 07.18.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

As I near the first anniversary of Peter's death, I feel like I am a horse, (I envision a blonde statuesque, filly, in keeping with my practice of being good to myself), racing towards the finish line of the longest, and the shortest, race ever.

The Plus Side Of Flying Through Life Solo

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 06.22.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

My blogs reflect the pain of my journey through grief since the death of my husband last August. I cry, I meditate, but I also try to be positive. I decided to write a blog about the plus side of being solo. It won't take the pain away but it is a positive step on the road to healing.

The Songs I Can No Longer Hear After The Death Of My Spouse

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Maybe listening to the music of my choosing will take me to a new place of healing? Those who have had a significant loss keep a grief playlist in their head. Each is personal and can be ignited by a memory of a song they heard with their loved one.

Life After Death: Moving Forward

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women
Melissa Gould

One weekend last October, Antonio and I were staying at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the central coast of California. We met another young widow there. She owned the B&B and was inspired, she told us, by the book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Her life changed upon reading it.

The Business of Surviving a Spouse

Kristi Hugstad | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristi Hugstad

These lists are not all-encompassing as some individuals may have much more complicated financial situations, but they will provide you with a good starting point that can save you time, money, and energy.

The Stress That Comes With Losing A Spouse

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 04.25.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Life-changing events like deciding to marry, becoming a parent, and finding a career are all by choice. Becoming a widow is not by choice. It is thrust upon you. The word widow brings to mind an old crone, dressed in a long black shapeless dress, shrouded in a black veil, wearing sensible shoes.

The Vultures That Swarmed After The Death Of My Husband

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 04.15.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Just after my husband Peter died, my accountant warned me about being scammed. I thought I was pretty smart about this and assured him, and the estate attorney, I would not be conned into signing anything without checking with an advisor. But then, things began to happen.

Coping With The Misty-Colored Memories Of The Way We Were

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 04.08.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Right after Peter died I suddenly realized that I had to change my ICE (In case of emergency) contact. I entered in all the information for my son. I love my son dearly but the wave of emotion that overcame me when I had to delete Peter's contact information was devastating.

Unmerry Widow: I'm Not Depressed, I'm Sad

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 03.02.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

After Peter died I read book after book about grief. It appears that there is blueprint, rigidly entrenched in our society, prescribing the stages of grief. Society has labeled a gold standard for behavior after a loss.

Finding My Self-Identity Again After The Death Of My Husband

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 02.23.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

When I was a teenager I would look forward to the coming school year with new books, pencils, erasers, and the whole schmear. I would go to class, write in my new books, but when I had one mistake, it was over. I was the best little girl in the world and had to be perfect. I couldn't just toss it off. I had to start again.

Widower's Definition Of Love Could Impress Shakespeare Himself

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.03.2016 | Fifty

Even Romeo and Juliet's legendary romance can't beat one widower's love for his late wife. Humans of New York shared the beautiful love story of an ol...

Finding A Modicum Of Normalcy 5 Months After Losing My Spouse

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 01.24.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

It is over five months since my sweet husband Peter died and I am beginning to find a modicum of normalcy. My dinner dates have slowed down but my lunch plans are still going. Yes, I am 'demoted to lunch' a bit, although I don't blame my friends, it is more on my part.

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 remarkable ...

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 when he stumbled ...

The Light in Sheryl Sandberg's Post on Grief

Donna Mebane | Posted 06.10.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.