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The 2-Minute Phone Call That Changed My Life Forever

Honey Good | Posted 01.28.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I lost my husband and my daughters lost their devoted father in a short two-minute telephone conversation. The next few days were a blur.

How to Get Over Abandonment -- a Fast Track

Susan Anderson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

When something triggers our primal abandonment pain -- like a breakup, getting fired or rejected by school admissions, or dissed by a friend -- it can...

Things to Know When Your Friend Loses a Baby

Tara Shafer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

Mourning loss is healthy. It promotes integration of normal and understandable grief. When women are unable to access helpful social networks, however, complicated grief may present.

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.

Trying To Come To Terms With The Loss Of My Mother

Robin Korth | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

For the past several days my family has been in an uproar of energy, opinions, emails and phone calls about how to care for our aged mother. The care system we've had in place is falling apart and we are stumbling as we struggle to find a solution.

Soul Weight vs. Goal Weight

Penny Love | Posted 01.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Penny Love

Supposedly, we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death. At the moment that our heart stops beating, we all lose three-fourths of an ou...

How I've Survived the Sudden Death of My Parents

Scott Stabile | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

I'm 43 years old now, and I still haven't unburied all the pain around my parents' death, or the pain I carry in regard to my relationship with them while they were alive. But I'm digging, and I'm facing it, and I'm healing, and I'm growing.

A Grieving Community and the Healing Power Of Giving Back

Michelle Vale | Posted 01.24.2015 | New York
Michelle Vale

Let this be a calling and reminder to all, that no gesture is too little. You can help people and communities who are suffering, in a variety of ways. Monetary contributions are great, but time is just as precious.

Yellow Dog

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Thank you, Yellow Dog, for accompanying Micah on his journey into adulthood, and for being part of Micah and Janelle's first family. Thank you also for reminding us that life is always connected, that the roots of both life and love run deep, and that the connection to either is never broken.

A New Way to Watch What You Eat

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

I can't say I wouldn't pick abundance over paucity, given the choice. A Buddha might. I'm just an ordinary person who still likes to eat bacon. But in my experience, it's definitely been true that happiness tastes better when it isn't what's always in the bowl.

Saying the Hardest Goodbye Far From Home

Jill Kozak | Posted 01.21.2015 | Hawaii
Jill Kozak

It was an unassuming Tuesday evening when I heard my best friend had been killed in a roller skating accident in Hawaii. At 28 years old, her life was...

What Losing Your Mother Feels Like

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Losing a mother is like being on a ship that has lost it's ballast and is now at the mercy of the deepest ocean and all it holds within. I bob around without a foundation to bring me back to the same balanced spot each time, a spot I just can't get right.

Transform Self-Sabotage and Vulnerability Into Triumphant Growth

Erin Cox | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

The positive shift in energy in 2015 has been palpable. Last year, starting on Jan. 1, I knew I was in for a year of major growth and mandatory shifti...

Trust You Will Tread or Float

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For the last 15 years I have had the honor of witnessing people journey through some of the most difficult times of their lives to emerge as happier, ...

(Inadequately) Talking To My Kid About Death

Sue Robins | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

I can tell Aaron isn't sure what to do with his emotions. MY GRANDPA DIED! he sometimes yells. I haven't been that successful in explaining that in North America, we don't run around yelling about death.

Free Hugs

Brenda Keesal | Posted 01.14.2015 | Good News
Brenda Keesal

When the short, old, white guy in a blue jacket drops by the café where I write, like clockwork, a couple of beefy regulars shout, jumping out of their seats, and one-by-one, heave their hulking bodies into his arms for a hug.

Crazy Is Easier

Tara Hedman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

That's not to say we aren't responsible for our choices as adults. We are. Responsible for telling the truth and getting the support we need. We are responsible for our feelings and taking action on our own behalf. Responsible for making amends. Responsible for learning to nurture our own hearts when we've never felt nurtured.

Call the Undertaker, I'm Dying Here

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Oakes-Ash

If you think sitting with a parent and helping them to write their funeral is depressing, it doesn't have to be. Mum and I sang and made black humor-infested jokes and looked back on what her life had meant to her and how she wanted that conveyed.

The Importance of Wild, Complicated Women's Stories

Nicole Belanger | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Nicole Belanger

When a female character is given full license to explore the boundaries of her humanity -- in all directions -- she represents pure possibility for the women on the other side of the screen or the page, consuming the story.

Stuart Scott Didn't Lose to Cancer... He Transcended It

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

While this battlefield metaphor is one that may work well in sports, where there is almost always a winner and a loser at the end of the contest, it falls short when applied to an illness like cancer. Cancer has no rules, no time outs, no substitutions, no game clock.

On Grieving Fully What Broke

Jesua | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living

Lately I've been feeling a deep tenderness about us humans in this world, grappling with our many losses; contemplating how we come to live in wholeness with the undeniably broken pieces of our lives?

5 Steps to Getting Your Life Off the Ground in 2015

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

We can all appreciate the tailwinds in our lives, the ones that carry us unobstructed to our intended destinations. A good tailwind delivers big rewar...

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

What I Found Inside My Grandmother's Shoebox

Jessica Katz | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

There are hundreds of pictures of her. She's always dressed in crop-tops with high-rise flowy skirts. I look at the men who surrounded her and the way they gazed at her and I can just tell they loved her. It's strange to think that these men knew her better than I do.

The Worst Year of My Life

Mark Malinowski | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

As 2015 begins, I cannot help but think of all that has happened in my in life in 2014. I lost my beloved husband Randy to ALS in March. He fought t...