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Death of Parent

A Broken Heart, For Mama

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 01.04.2016 | Women
Jenna Henry Hansen

Over a year has passed, and I am still grappling with the finality of my mother's death. Questions bounce around in my head: How did the life of such an amazing person burn out like that? Why did she want to fade away?

Dealing With Death: When Does the "Easier" Part Start?

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Jessica Denis

So, when does the easier start? We are approaching two years since his death and while the haze and fog may have lifted and I may have done the work to find myself again, it isn't any easier. I still drive by his old house, now with a new owner. It will always be his house.

Holidays Without Loved Ones Are Tough. On Dogs.

Mel Miskimen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Mel Miskimen

This will be our third Thanksgiving without my father's sidekick for close to 70 years -- my mother. We've all made adjustments. The only family member who lags behind, is Seamus, my 9-year-old black labrador.

My D Day: The Death of My Dad 46 Years Ago

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

As I remember his passing at the 46th anniversary of his death, I ponder about the 'what-ifs' and how we miss his presence all these years. I also acknowledge my good fortune and blessings as I enjoyed 15 years with a phenomenal dad whose legacy has lived on through his children and grandchildren. His short biography has made a profound influence on my life for good.

The Words That Changed My Life After My Mom Died

Erin Whitten | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen
Erin Whitten

When people ask me why I have so much drive and passion for success, there is only one person's name I respond with: Michelle. Michelle was my best friend. She was my mother.

7 Places Where Your Pain Hides

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

The author of Devotion: A Memoir explains where to find those private, personal aches. 1. In Our Bones (Literally) Once, at the end of a yoga cla...

Dying Parent: Woman Makes Decision About Visiting Abusive Father In Hospice

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A few weeks ago, a reader who we called "SH" wrote to ask advice from readers about whether to go visit her dying father. He had been abusive to her mother throughout a 20-year-marriage, she wrote, and had cut all ties with his children back when SH was still in her teens. She just made her decision.

Does She Have To Say Good-Bye To A Dying Parent Who Was Abusive?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A reader wrote to me at 3 a.m. the other day. Her father, an abusive parent, is in hospice in Florida, about 1,300 miles from her home. To scrape together the funds for travel, and miss work for the days she is away, would leave her destitute, she says. Should she visit him before he dies?

'What Happens When Mommy Dies?'

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Certainly the death and loss of a parent is tremendously agonizing, but it really doesn't mean that you can't go on, even if you're afraid you won't be able to.

Story's End: How Writing Helps Us Cope With Death

The New Yorker | Meghan O'Rourke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

By Meghan O'Rourke The New Yorker My mother died on Christmas Day, at home, around three in the afternoon. In the first months afterward, I felt an i...