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An Open Letter to New Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

As painful as it is, literally setting small goals each day will help you through this very dark and lonely time. You may not understand and know the purpose for your loss. This will come later with openness and insight.

To My Friend Who Lost Her Teenage Daughter

Abby Pingree | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Abby Pingree

She lives on in all of us, but mostly she lives on in you.

I Can't Share Your Joy

Sarah Warman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

I see the updates. I see the newly posted pictures of a growing belly. I see the pictures of a nursery that was tirelessly decorated. I have the same pictures. But you'll never see them. It's not because I'm ashamed of my belly or because I'm an awful painter or decorator. It's because I didn't get the happy ending.

A Letter To My Mother About The Grandchild She'll Never Meet

Joe DeProspero | Posted 10.21.2014 | Fifty
Joe DeProspero

You loved them immensely and were only just beginning to fall into your groove as "Grandma" when you left us. Like an artist who passed away before completing a painting, your role in my life and my children's lives feels unfinished, yet revered for its ultimate intent. That ultimate intent was always the purest of intents -- love.

Think Before You Speak: Mother's Day Is Not a Happy Day for Everyone

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Delaney

Please, please, on this very special day think before you speak. Not being a mom, not having a mom can evoke a profound sense of sadness on Mother's Day for those of us who have lost, have never had, or are struggling to be a mom.

LOOK: Daughter Pays Heartwarming Tribute To Her Parents

The Huffington Post | Erin Migdol | Posted 04.23.2013 | Weddings

Dealing with the loss of loved ones is never easy, but one young woman found a way to keep her parents close to her heart. Lauren Lage-McAdams, a c...

Ask Dr. Lynch: Dealing With a Parent's Death

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Children must be allowed to grieve on their own timetable without feeling rushed. At the same time, you can't allow the student to use their parents' death as a crutch or an excuse.

Oh, What a Difference She Made

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.

When Broken Down, Build a Connection to Restore Yourself

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Davis' story teaches the real life lesson: When you're left feeling broken, restore yourself by building a connection to others in the outside world.

Seeing The Dead

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Peter Baldwin Panagore

Over the years as a community pastor, like most pastors, I attended to death, funerals and grieving in my town. Over the years, many times, the grieving would pull me aside and say, "Preacher, I had this dream..."

The Loss of Loved Ones

Diana M. Raab | Posted 02.15.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

My father adored me. I was his sunshine, and when he died a large chunk of me died. I cannot say that the pain has dissipated, but it has softened over the years.

The New Grief: How Modern Medicine Is Changing Dying, Death and Loss

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Modern medicine, in short, is getting better and better at staving off death. And as life expectancy in countries like ours continues to grow, the nature of grief has changed.

Accepting the Death of a Loved One

Sadhguru | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Would we even have a perspective as to what life is if there was no death? Life is what it is only because death is.

A Cup Of Coffee, Cancer and Starting Up Again

Deborah Calla | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Calla

Please indulge me while I tell you a story about coffee. Not about how the beans were first turned into coffee but how it became a marker in my life.

Love Survives

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

She died in 2008. In 2007, I realized that a lot of my defenses started coming down. I was taking pictures that were more personal, and I was able to better appreciate the little things.

Life After Death

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Takahashi

If she had survived, she probably would only have been kept alive through a ventilator. Her death was a parting gift, for she gave me a new life.