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Grief and Loss

How I'm Surviving My First Big Holiday As A Widow

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

I am steeling myself against the upcoming holidays. Each milestone is a weight that I carry. I feel like Sisyphus in Greek mythology being punished and forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only to watch it roll down for all eternity.

7 Tips When Dealing With Grief Trauma After the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Gloria Horsley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

Just the fact that the terrorist attack took place in Paris, an international city we connect with beauty, love and pleasure, is an assault on humanit...

For All Who Lost a Loved One: 10 Ways to Cope

Toby Nwazor | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Toby Nwazor

Don't hole up in your apartment and cry forever. Get up and take a walk. You can go jogging, go to the gym or even go swimming. Exercise doesn't just make you physically fit; it also improves your mental state.

Mourning With Those Who Mourn

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In my early years of parenting, I met a man who told his terrible story of grief to every single person he met in however casual a circumstance as a k...

Ruth's Gift of Hope: How a Total Stranger Changed My Holiday

Gloria Horsley | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

That woman's faith, courage and belief carried me through that holiday and many others to come. I never saw Ruth again, but I will be forever grateful or her message of hope.

Talking to the Bereaved 101: Please Don't Tell Me He's in a Better Place

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 11.08.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

I was a big-time offender before I learned the power of grief. I might have said the same shibboleths to console someone who had suffered a loss. But I have had a swift education, which I will now pass on to you.

It's Been 3 Months Since My Spouse's Death And I'm Still Not Doing Well

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

After months people chirp at me that I am 'out and about and doing so well.' In their minds it seems to be a positive. In truth, I might smile, but inside, I am woefully unhappy. I am doing 'well' on the outside but on the inside, I feel the pain even more because the shock has worn off and the reality has hit.

Undeveloped Film

Beth Leyba | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Leyba

There are three rolls of film in canisters sitting on the table near the door, where they have sat for at least a month. No one develops film any more...

To The Mother Of A Rainbow Baby

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Every day, you'll love your babies -- all of them -- just a little bit more, until one day, that love overtakes the pain.

Bigger Than You

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

At some point in your life you will face something bigger than you. Chances are very good it will happen more than once. But that first time can knock you for a loop; pull the proverbial rug out from under you. It can take your predictable, happy life and turn it upside down.

An Open Letter to New Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.21.2015 | 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.

I Never Expected to Grieve for My Mother

Elin Stebbins Waldal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Fifty
Elin Stebbins Waldal

Lined up in the garage as if they are expecting us still are the dining room chairs of my youth. In all there are five. Yet now, as if in a dream, I see eight.

Finding Hope in the End

Lauren DePino | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Lauren DePino

The burning in me, in my chest and in my gut, the heat that makes me have to write, was keeping me alive. Words were my breath. They were coming from where the pain is, the same place from where the love comes.

Death of a Child: Dealing With Clothes, Cleaning Rooms, and Displaying Pictures

Gloria Horsley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

One might say it is only logical that the parents of the deceased have all the say of when, where, and how to deal with their deceased child's personal items. There lies the rub; it is parents, plural, not one person but two people making the decision.

A Beautiful Goodbye To The Most Significant Person In My Life -- My Husband

Reena Nagrani | Posted 09.04.2015 | Divorce
Reena Nagrani

I've finally said my beautiful goodbye, when I've finally let go, I'll meet the person who's been waiting for me all along. Someone willing to love me exactly as I am, always, and no matter what. It will be me.

A Letter To The Children Who Lost Parents on 9/11

Kelly Halsch | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Kelly Halsch

This is to you-to those of you who were just babies when you lost a parent.

Losing The Love Of My Life

Barbara Ehrentreu | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Ehrentreu

Hal was my rock and my lover as well as my best friend. I couldn't imagine life without him and though our marriage was not ideal, he loved me and ...

Choosing Love in a Life of Loss

Jesua | Posted 07.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul

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.