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The Remarkable Way One Young Widow Is Redefining Grief

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Melissa doesn't believe that God or The Universe owed her something as precious and precarious as her husband's health. She accepts that life, often, is a crapshoot. And sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you simply don't. And sometimes you get a mix -- and that's what Melissa got and she's grateful for it.

Finding the Beautiful Story (And a Surprise at the End!)

Amy Crumpton | Posted 07.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo @ stocksnap.io by Luis Llerena We just pulled into my husband's home place in Mississippi to spend a long weekend. I love the peace of this pl...

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...

The Good Thing About Bad Times

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

Yesterday was a good day in the middle of a good month in what's turning into a pretty good summer. You know how it is -- moments melt into hours, in...

Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse: Stress and Grief

Allan S. Vann | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Whereas loved ones with Alzheimer's eventually forget their caregivers, their caregivers do not forget them. Caregivers remember all too well. Sometimes I start crying when Clare falls asleep, cuddled in my arms. I find it so hard to see her continue to decline, especially on those days when she isn't completely sure of who I am.

How Social Media Helps Transcend Grief

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Sue Scheff

Cyberbullying, harassment, bullying, shaming, digital cruelty, just downright being mean to each other. The modern human race (at all ages) has become a culture of cruelty. The real issue is that it isn't done privately anymore, it's now magnified across the world on computer and smartphone screens.

The Dangers of Grief: Lessons From Bobbi Kristina's Death

David Kessler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
David Kessler

It's been almost six months since the tragic discovery of Bobbi Kristina's body face down in a bathtub. After her family exhausted all hope for a miracle, Bobbi Kristina has now left this earth. No matter what the final cause of death, there is one constant-grief. Grief seemed to be a key factor in her senseless death.

Project Semicolon: Honoring Survivors of Suicide Loss

Gloria Horsley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

After a loss, many people wonder how they can go on without their loved one, and struggle to find hope. The struggle can be more difficult for survivo...

For Those Experiencing True Longing

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Longing for someone is different from missing them. Missing is felt by the mind, and longing is endured by the totality of one's being.

What Happens When We Put Empathy Into Practice?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

'It's Because You Left Me ... ' When Trocme was 10 years old, he was in a car accident. His father drove too fast, the car spun ...

Are You Healing Your Grief, or Perpetuating It?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

We all know that it is in one's highest good to grieve the loss of a relationship. Healthy grief releases feelings rather than allowing them to get st...

Love and 'Nashville'

Beth Leyba | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Beth Leyba

I have a few shows that I've felt attached to over the years, but never so much that I let it affect my emotional wellbeing. This show has been different, because it was "our show" -- my grandma and I, that is.

The Bittersweet Reality Of Planning A Wedding Amid Grief

Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD | Posted 07.15.2015 | Weddings
Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD

I knew I would marry Chuck the day of his sister's wedding about 8 months after we started dating. That weekend was when he found out his mother's cancer was terminal, and that she had less than a year of life left. What does one do as a bride-to-be of man with such torment in his soul?

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.

Children's Grief Camp: Sharing Grief, Finding Hope

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

The growth and transformation witnessed in these 48 hours is a testament to the value of having a safe place where grief is not taboo. As the campers performed their "grief skits" in front of their family members on Sunday afternoon, a sense of gratitude and understanding abounded.

Dog Medicine

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

When the Man waked up he said, "What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he...

Trigger Warning

Sezin Koehler | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Being the survivor of a gun crime involving an actual trigger, I often find the phrase "trigger warning" itself to be a trigger. Trigger warnings don't impede free speech any more than telling someone with food allergies what ingredients are in a meal.

A Fairy Tale Still In The Making: The Beautiful Dress I Borrowed

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

With my daughter only nine years old, I was very discreet in dating and careful about bringing anyone into our home, or in allowing men to meet my da...

Lessons from a Goddess of Compassion: Live With Joy, Even While Grieving

Lisa Levart | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Lisa Levart

Dianne Gray has known grief but compassion and generosity flow through Dianne like a gentle river. Therefore, White Tara, the Tibetan Goddess of Compassion, was a natural choice for Dianne to embody.

Life As We Know It Can Change In An Instant

Candace Johnson | Posted 07.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Candace Johnson

As we continued to talk last night, I reminded my daughter that we never really know which day is our last, and so it's important to live in the moment, to cherish the people we love, to appreciate what's happening right now.

Celebrating My Dad's First Birthday After He Passed Away

Jennifer Lea Reynolds | Posted 07.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennifer Lea Reynolds

July is my father's birth month. We'd always celebrate with a family gathering; if the weather was nice, badminton, lawn darts and a backyard barbec...

Embracing Grief When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One day when I was visiting Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, in the memory care facility where he lived, they were having a festive sing-along. I sat down beside him to keep him company.

Cody's Rules for Living

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 07.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Irene Rubaum-Keller

My dog just died. She was my daughter, my best friend, my soul sister and my loyal protector. She wanted nothing more than to be near me. Well, act...

"7 life lessons from my little brother's death"

Tanya Hayre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Women
Tanya Hayre

The most profound lesson I have learned is that grief is the price of love; real, raw love from every ounce of your being. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with peace of mind and gratitude. Other times, my feelings get the best of me, and I crumble. It changes day to day.