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Seven Steps to Decuttering Your Grief

Gloria Horsley | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

Of course, we all know that change is not easy and it is anxiety producing. So be willing to compromise with your family members and accept the fact that you may have to break promises in order to get started. Below are some examples of clients who made changes.

When You Don't See Me: A Letter to My Patients

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I carry you with me. I am your nurse. So when you don't see me, please know that I'm near. Your life is my responsibility -- your livelihood, my pride. We carry you with us: on scribbled notes in pockets, through aching within worn bodies -- forever in our minds.

Friends and Family: Social Support Strains Post Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

If one finds that some of their relationships become fractured after their loss, be aware that one's own actions can contribute to deepening these breaks.

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!

6 Things You Can Do to Help Someone in Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While you can't do everything, simply doing something is a thoughtful expression of kindness. And no deed is too small to be appreciated.

What It Really Feels Like After a Loved One Dies by Suicide

Kerry Turner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry Turner

While there is tons of accessible information on the prevention of suicide, very little is said about what the people left behind go through after losing a loved one in this manner.

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.

Grief is NOT Self-Pity, Joel Osteen

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Sue Wintz

Our 17-year-old daughter died in 2003. I mourn her deeply every day and will for the rest of my life. I do not wallow in self-pity, nor do I want to let go of what God gave to us as a precious gift on the day of her birth. I will not 'get beyond it,' as her death is a fact in our family's story.

5 Ways to Actually Help Someone Dealing With Loss

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie McKinnon

My experience of losing my 5-week-old son to SIDS has taught me a few things about how to help other people who are dealing with loss of any kind. I've come up with a list of the best ways to really help someone in the emotionally taxing situation of losing a loved one, in hopes of helping you navigate those complicated waters.

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

Melissa Rivers' Grief Journey: From Silence to Advocacy

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Melissa's experience compels her to now speak candidly to the public. She offers this frank advice and reassurance to grievers.

A Fatherless Father's Day

Michelle Hanson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Hanson

I have passed the rows of Father's Day cards when shopping for weeks now. It's like a knife to my heart every time.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

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.

How to Support Someone After a Stillbirth

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Most of us understand what happens when we lose a person close to us. We revisit the memories of our time together. We cry over the relationship we had and the future we have lost. When someone loses a child to stillbirth, that relationship didn't even have a chance to develop.

3 Keys to Empowerment While Grieving

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Berrien

To have loss is to be human. With each loss, we add on to our layers of experience. We always hold the ability to honor our losses with grace and dignity. There is nothing weak or small about this journey

How Travel Can Help Heal Your Grief or Pain

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

No, you'll never be the same, and yes, you'll have only memories and photographs where once there was a person who made you feel more alive. But you can start down a new path.

Supporting Those Who Grieve

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Do you ever wonder what you can or should do for a friend or family member after they have experienced the death of someone close to them? Should you mention the person who died? Will it upset them if you do? How do you find the words to express your condolences?

A New Year of Peace... Finding Healing and Resilience Amidst the Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

While it is true that you can't just make a New Year's resolution to feel a certain way, you can resolve to take some steps this year to help yourself along this complicated journey through grief.

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...

Merry? Happy? Perhaps Not for Those Who Are Grieving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

As we move through the holiday season and head into the New Year, our society sends the message loud and clear: this is a time to rejoice, spread good...

Why It's Important To Socialize Even After A Major Loss

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.16.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Six of Bereavement Boot Camp. Have you noticed any changes in your Healing Journey at this point? I hope so, because I am now about to push you out of your house. Did I just give you a big headache?

'We Are Constantly Surrounded By Negativity'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Four of Bereavement Boot Camp. We are now at the halfway point, which is when people will usually do one of two things; either give up out of frustration or dig in with even more determination. Now is not the time to quit!