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A Ritual for Light

Heather A. Paul | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Heather A. Paul

This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.

Terrorism and the Family -- A Thanksgiving Day Reflection

Marlo Thomas | Posted 11.25.2015 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

We work so hard every day to build and sustain a tribe around us -- of relatives, of friends, of colleagues -- that we can't help but feel that unity threatened when a tragedy like Paris occurs.

Surviving the Holidays: A Grieving Mother's Point of View

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

I will live each day to the fullest knowing that tomorrow is promised to no one. I will take no one for granted. I will honor my son by continuing family traditions and remember the love we shared will transcend through the holidays and comfort me the rest of my life. I love you mom, I love you Matt. These last words said are etched forever in my heart.

The Empty Chair At Thanksgiving

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

Our Thanksgiving table is still full of laughter, kindness, smiles and love. We are finding our way by creating new memories, new traditions. Even though you are not part of the new stories, your spirit is always with us.

Breaking the Cycle

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Forgiveness is breaking the cycle. Forgiveness isn't giving up and waving the white flag. In fact, forgiveness is perhaps the most courageous thing a human can do. It's arriving at a point of understanding. It's moving forward in time and closing one's anger to the past.

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

I Wish My Son Had Gone to the Funeral

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

I wish my son had been there to see me cry and to witness the grief of his friend and his friend's cousins. It would have been awkward for him, but that is the point. Death is part of life and I don't believe in sheltering kids from it. It is not the sort of topic one brings up in the playground, but my sense is many parents wouldn't see this as a missed opportunity.

Giving Voice to Grief

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It goes without saying that no two people grieve in the same way. Everyone's needs are different at a time of loss, as are everyone's emotions. But in giving voice to one's own grief, others who have not been given the chance to express themselves can likewise find their voice.

How Losing Both Parents Changed the Way I Write Forever

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Meaghan McGoldrick

For a writer, these details (or the lack thereof) can make or break a good piece. And, for someone still grieving, the missing pieces are just another reminder of how real a loss is.

Holidays Can Be Tough -- My Father Died on Thanksgiving Day

Laura Landgraf | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Landgraf

Dad died Thanksgiving morning several years ago. To write "dad died" unleashes a snarl of tangled emotions. Love, loss, wishful thinking, anger, "if...

What No One Told Me About Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

No one told me that the losing wasn't the hard part. It was the living day after day with loss.

What To Do When You See Your Dead Friend In The Produce Department

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

What is the protocol? How do we move forward when someone we loved but have lost is still around? I've seen these things turn ugly; I'm sure I've even been involved in ugly. It's hard to get to this stage in life and not have people come in and out of your life.

Holidays Were Always Tough Without My Dad, But I Still Had My Mama

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women
Susannah Lewis

The Christmas after my father passed away was just as heartbreaking as Thanksgiving. Mama tried to make up for his absence by buying me two "big gifts" instead of only one. There was still a void, but we managed to celebrate and tis the season to be merry. His absence was always painful, but it became normal.

You Will Always Be A Mom

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

I've watched you continue on. You teach other peoples children. I watch you treat them with a unique kindness, only known to moms who have lost a child. Someone once said that being a mom is loving your children more than you've ever loved yourself. You are a true testament to that love.

3 Tips for Talking About Tragic Events With Kids

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

It is important in times like this to remember that individuals respond to grief and difficult circumstances in a variety of ways.

Grieving For Pairs Is Not About Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There are those who scold us for our outpouring of grief in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris. They try to make us feel guilty for not demonstrating the same grief over the slaughter in Beirut, Lebanon, just a day earlier, or the massacre in Kenya. Political correctness has no place in matters of the heart.

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...

Why Are We Grief Shaming?

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Sheila Hamilton

We shouldn't refuse a gesture of love, an act of simple gratitude, or a nod to solidarity because it's not big enough. Every profile page turned to the color of France's flag creates a momentary awareness of the trauma of terrorism, no matter where it strikes.

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.

Four People and a Funeral

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

"There were 100 people at the memorial." "250 people showed up at the funeral." "1,000 people came to pay their respects at the wake." What a beaut...

Paris and the Power of Empathy

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Mandy Hitchcock

I had no idea that on the morning of the Paris attacks, a suicide bomber killed 19 people and injured almost 40 others who were all attending a funeral in Baghdad, Iraq. This is what I get for relying on Facebook for almost all of my breaking news, a habit I clearly need to change.

5 Ways Through Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Allow your body, allow your mind, allow your heart, allow your soul. Rise to your knees or stand and run, out of the shadow and into the light. It is your gift to move. To mourn. To speak. To breathe. To run. To love. To be. To live.

A Brief Calculus of Mourning

Nish Gera | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Nish Gera

For now, let me grieve for my beloved Paris. And in that grieving, let me be connected with the grief of cities where people have been harmed and wronged.

Morning of War, 3 Days Later

Anne Sinclair | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Anne Sinclair

The race to increase security is in full swing. Posing realistic, applicable, or useful measures doesn't seem to be taking first priority; instead, there's talking for talking's sake, and the publishing of words that seem to echo the fears of the French.

Paris Massacres: Terror, Grief and Political Analysis

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

Political analysis must tackle these issues yet space for grieving and processing the horror of a specific act of terror must be granted. Otherwise the horror and the responsibilities are just diluted in comparisons and reminders of historical similarities.