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Grief and Loss

Choosing Love in a Life of Loss

Jesua | Posted 07.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jesua

This is the writing I shared last Saturday, July 25th, in Ashland, Oregon, at the profoundly moving re-commitment ceremony of my dear friends, Victori...

If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who've lost children. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it's nice to let a card do the talking.

How to Help Bereaved Dads on Father's Day

Tara Shafer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

In breaking the silence around pregnancy and infant loss, we need to remember that men suffer loss too. In helping them understand their own experience or grief we are making our families stronger.

10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." -- C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed In 1979, when I was two weeks shy of turning 5, my father died. ...

Missing Mommy

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 05.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kyle Koeppel

Twenty-three years ago today my mommy died. Naturally, I have always spent this day in mourning. However, as I have grown up, the nature of my grief ...

On Memorial Day, 10 Tips To Help Children Who Have Lost A Loved One

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Whatever the age of your child, there are many ways that children of all ages can remember the love and celebrate the lives of loved ones on Memorial Day weekend and every day.

For Whom Mother's Day Is Difficult

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

Mother's Day is difficult for those of us who have lost our mothers, either through death, estrangement, or other reasons. It's difficult for those who deal with infertility and Mother's Day is just a reminder of what we don't have. It's difficult for those who have lost children and it's a day that reminds us we used to have.

Christians Suck at Grieving

Zach Hunter | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Christians. There are some things we're good at. These things are ideas that most Christians agree on, at least in theory, and get right at least some of the time. For example, caring about those in need, working hard, and treating others as you want to be treated.

Love, Loss and Wanderlust: How Losing My Father Made Me Rediscover My Love of Travel

Abbey Jorstad | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Abbey Jorstad

One of my father's greatest desires was always to travel and see the world, and yet he could never master his fear of the unknown. Many of the qualities that make travel one of the great loves of my life were the very things that filled him with dread. I find myself wondering if I travel so much as a direct rebellion against his own fears and worries?

How I Turned My Miscarriage Into Something Good

Ann Zamudio | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

When someone asked me why I wasn't feeling well, I told them I'd lost our first child. When an old friend asked me about the pregnancy that I'd announced so early, I told her it ended in miscarriage. And the most amazing thing happened -- the world didn't end.

A Eulogy for Mishka

Michael Neill | Posted 05.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Neill

While we waited for the medicine to take effect, we held her paws and stroked her head and speculated on what Mishka's heaven would look like -- a beautiful park with her old friend Abby waiting for her, unlimited belly rubs, and Christmas trees with untended boxes of candy and defrosting steaks just waiting for her to steal.

Grace-Filled Grief: Rebuilding Myself, With Care, After Losing My Son

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jan DeBlieu

The important lesson for today -- the most important lesson of my existence -- is that given time, even the most unimaginable loss can be an avenue to a new life. Six years later, I am well into the journey down that path.

Silence Is a Blinking Cursor

Katie Li | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Katie Li

The Internet is a place, just as real as your favorite coffee shop or local bar, where we can stop by and catch up with friends as often or infrequently as we want. We can use social media to make arrangements to meet in real life, or simply hang out online. Life can be lonely, but the way we connect with people is evolving.

8 Tips for Coping With the Death of a Parent

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

However, just because the death of a parent is common place and is the natural order of things, this does not mean a person can or should be expected to simply and quickly bounce back.

A New Way to Watch What You Eat

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

I can't say I wouldn't pick abundance over paucity, given the choice. A Buddha might. I'm just an ordinary person who still likes to eat bacon. But in my experience, it's definitely been true that happiness tastes better when it isn't what's always in the bowl.

Words She Never Said

Christina Romo | Posted 03.13.2015 | Women
Christina Romo

As I looked at the photos, I realized that I found myself unable to relate to any of the adoptees who were searching for answers. They had clues and tidbits of information they could use to help locate their birth parents. If I were to create a poster, it would be empty.

This Is What Grief And Loss Feel Like

Susanna Sung | Posted 03.07.2015 | Divorce
Susanna Sung

Grief is not sadness. I get sad when I break a nail, or when the shoe I want is not available in my size. I get sad when someone calls my son a wimp. But this feels different. Grief is so much more complex.

A Legacy of Loss

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Michelle Hanson

My father died when I was 16. I do not know what he would have thought of my prom gown, or if he would have handed me his handkerchief on my wedding day. I do not know if my mother would have approved of my college major or how I handled the stressors of my first job.

Holiday Grief: Losing Susan and Keeping Her Memory Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

So how do I or anyone else who has had a loss get through the holidays? A simple way is to bake or cook something that your loved one made. In fact, Susan's Cincinnati family held a carrot cake bake-off on Thanksgiving in her memory. Everyone put on blindfolds as they taste-tested Susan's cake and other carrot cakes -- one from a renowned bakery. While Susan's cake didn't win, the activity certainly kept her memory alive!

When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly an...

The Education Of The Motherless Daughter

Kathleen Smith | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Kathleen Smith

With enough kindness towards youtself, enough head pats and good snacks, you grow fond of the person you are because of, and in spite of, losing your mom.

Why I Let My Kids Play at the Cemetery

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

The amazing thing about childhood is that it is the very antithesis of appropriate. Kids don't pause to consider what's right or fair or even what's needed. They just breathe in each moment of life and live it to its fullest.

When Grief and Absence Decorate Your Holiday Table

Erica Ford | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Erica Ford

My childhood family may have fallen apart, but my mother is still here. She's in me, in my children. I still won't make that fancy lonely Thanksgiving feast like my mother did, but they're going to know how important they are.

Moving Through Grief and Loss

Danielle Vaughn | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Vaughn

We live in a world of constant gain and loss, and the common denominator is always love. Love is who we are, love is where we are from and love is how we are all connected. Tap into it and know that the moment when you do, your loved one is doing the same.

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Dr. Norma Bowe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Norma Bowe

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.