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Grief Recovery

If You Never Dream About Your Departed Loved Ones

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Are you comparing your dreams (or lack thereof) to the dreams of others? Are you worrying about dreams that you are having -- or NOT having -- about someone you have lost? Let's put those worries to rest.

Learning to Grieve On Your Own Terms

Kristi Hugstad | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristi Hugstad

However, it wasn't as if I worked through five stages, graduated from the school of grief, and was free from heartache forever. I spent a great deal of time facing my grief, and I still do feel sorrow, but I own my life again.

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.

Wisdom in Grieving

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

I think the most important thing to remember is that even though it can feel excruciatingly painful at times, grief can come to an end. When you grieve well, it gives you a depth and richness nothing else can. I believe that the mourning of this past month can and will turn to joy for us.

Losing a Loved One: Creating a Space for Hope

Kristi Hugstad | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristi Hugstad

You may even find that there are gifts that come from your grief. You will discover that you are now capable of loving more deeply than you ever imagined possible. You will look at life -- and the whole world -- differently. The little things matter far less, and the people that are there for you become far more important.

Has Grief Become the Monster in the Closet?

Laura Jack | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Laura Jack

Here are some things that will shed light on the grief hiding in the darkness:

The Secret to Well-Being: Radical Self-Care

Carrie Doubts | Posted 02.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Carrie Doubts

See if this sounds wake up exhausted already. Your feet hit the floor and the day begins: barking at the kids to get ready for school, ...

9 Tips to Help People Grieving Losses After Recent Terrorist Attacks

Gloria Horsley | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

We hope that like Mary if you have suffered a personal loss, you will take the tragedy and turn it into something that makes the world a better place!

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

Gloria Horsley | Posted 09.08.2016 | 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 Wish for My Dead Daughter's Birthday

Wendy Keller | Posted 08.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Wendy Keller

I looked at how much I've learned, given, and grown since she died. I began to feel the pain clearing. If I died today, I could be at peace knowing that despite the dreadful, heart-wrenching event of the car accident, I have made something of my life, something that means something to me.

5 Ways to Learn From Troubling Times

Kathleen Pasley | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Pasley

Most of us dread and despise difficult times -- whether it be financial woes, relationships breaking down, marriages ending, losing a job, fighting wi...

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.

The Description Of Grief That Gave Madonna Badger Hope: 'It Changed Everything'

OWN | Posted 10.28.2014 | OWN

After former advertising agency owner Madonna Badger tragically lost her two parents and three daughters in a Christmas Day house fire in 2011, her gr...

My Husband Died, Now What?

Debra L. Morrison | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Debra L. Morrison

I invite each of you to notice and gain an awareness of who you are and where you are right now, as a way of quelling some of the obsessing either about where you were or where you "should" be.

Moving Into A World of Stark Contrasts After The Death Of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.27.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

cried during my Tai Chi as I felt the energy of the mountains and Robert fill me. And I played with my horse and danced. And found I could be whole. And found I could be shattered.

Searching for Seva: How Learning to Help Others Their Way Healed My Life

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

On an August day in 2012, in a remote jungle village in Peru, a group of little girls jostled each other for a turn at a newly installed spigot, where they could fill plastic cups for their first-ever drink of filtered water.

Brown-Eyed Boy

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Michelle E. Steinke

Widowhood is full of mixed emotions. On any given day the same situation can hit me a hundred different ways.

What Is Absolutely Okay To Do After Becoming Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The following is a partial list of what it is absolutely, positively OK for you to do after becoming widowed.

Why Even Some Experts Get It Wrong When It Comes To Grief

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.05.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It should come as no surprise that I receive my fair share of invitations to grief workshops, grief conferences, grief seminars and so forth. One such recent invitation included a description of a grief workshop that kind of -- well, horrified me.

Why 'Getting Over It' Is A Myth You Should Ignore

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I had been widowed just over a year and well into my own Healing Journey when my mother gave me some very wise advice (which I both follow and dole out to this day). She told me to stop and look back at how far I had progressed since that awful season in time when my husband passed away. When I actually took the time to stop and examine how far I had progressed to that point (and have progressed since that time many years ago), I started worrying less about being "over it" and started appreciating the healing that I had accomplished instead.

The One Thing You Should Never Ever Say To The Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

As defined by virtually every dictionary in every language, "ex" means former. The death of a spouse or partner does not nullify a marriage or relationship -- that sort of nullification involves a divorce or a breakup. I assure you that when it comes to widowhood, no one left the marriage willingly

'I Was Dragged Kicking And Screaming Into The Wonder That Has Become Social Media'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 04.19.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I confess... I am a blonde-haired, green-eyed, modern-day dinosaur.

Who Is Really To 'Blame' For Your Spouse's Death?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It is a sad reality that after losing a spouse, many widowed are the victims of accusation, criticism and actual blame. Whether it comes from the outside (relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc.) or is instead self-imposed, there is a lot of unnecessary pain being inflicted on the widowed; the very people who are in desperate need of support, rather than spite.

10 Must-Have New Year Resolutions for the Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It's that time of year again. We are all getting peppered and pelted with those endless ads and commercials designed to help you "start the New Yea...

6 Important Ways For The Widowed To Facilitate Healing

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Because those of us who either are or ever have been a part of Widowed World not only understand... we will never disappear.