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The Truth About Sex And The Grieving Widower

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Women who date widowers are sometimes stunned when an actively grieving man presses eagerly for sex. Our culture mandates no 'correct' grieving process, and grieving is unique to every individual, but most experts agree that men and women mourn in different ways.

Growing Old Ungracefully

Barry David Kluger | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Barry David Kluger

In the often-revived Broadway musical "Pippin," the mother of Charlemagne says to her grandson, "I believe if I refuse to grow old, I can stay young till I die."

What I'm Still Learning From My Mom, 20 Years After Losing Her

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Ali Wilkinson

My mom died of brain cancer when I was in high school, 20 years ago now. And for many years, I missed her vividly. With time, the rawness of her loss faded. Because I lost her so young, I find that I don't miss her as much because of the experiences we shared or the conversations we had. I miss her for those we didn't.

A Match Made in Heaven: A Cherished Newborn Heals the Heart of a Grieving Sister

Neil Willenson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Good News
Neil Willenson

Nicky Stansell could have never imagined that the palpable heartbreak and grief she experienced nearly 20 years ago would ultimately lead her to the cherished child who has become the greatest blessing in her life.

When Facebook Friends Die

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
LJ Charleston

In the space of five months I had to receive news about three friends' deaths via Facebook. But it was the third death that impacted me the most. My friend, Anika tragically took her own life.

Just Eat the Damn Cake

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Mara Shapiro

This week I heard the really sad news about the death of a woman that I may have met once or twice or maybe more or maybe not at all. I know her name, and I'm straining to remember her face other than how I've seen in pictures. She was young. She died in her sleep.

Grief and the Veteran: An Inside Look

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

If you or someone you know have experienced a death, please take the time you need to process your grief. To all those who have served our country or who are remembering a Veteran, may Memorial Day bring some measure of peace and calm to your heart.

Our Family's Story Is What Memorial Day Is All About

Mindy Lotz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Mindy Lotz

Just two months after my birth and right around Christmas, my 19-year-old brother Tim was killed in Vietnam. Instantly, life was irrevocably changed forever. The house that once was a hub of friends, parties and general merriment became a place of broken dreams and deafening silence.

Memorial Day, or National Grief Acknowledgement Day?

Megan Devine | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Megan Devine

In a sense, Memorial Day weekend should usher this country into the griever's world: The every day reality of grief. Memorial Day should (or could) be a time when the whole nation bows its collective head to its collective heart, and says: Ow. Ow. OW. This hurts.

Love and Grief Come Together

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

You might think that knowing what I know about death, God, Love and the Afterlife that I might not grieve. But I do because grieving comes from loving. You grieve whom love. Love and grief come together although they arrive at different times. You can't have one without the other.

On Memorial Day, 10 Tips To Help Children Who Have Lost A Loved One

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Whatever the age of your child, there are many ways that children of all ages can remember the love and celebrate the lives of loved ones on Memorial Day weekend and every day.

Don't Tell Me I'm Lucky To Have A 'Good' Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

Everyone tells me how lucky I am to have the best divorce ever. Lucky my ex is a good dad. Lucky my ex and I are not psychopaths. Lucky we get along. In general, everyone is so happy... Except for us.

How Dreams of my Father Help me Cope with His Death

Jennifer Lilley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lilley

My father helped me with my third grade science project, carefully using Tonka Toys to adhere styrofoam "planets" when creating the solar system. He w...

What The Internet Meant To Me After The Death Of My Father, David Carr

Glamour | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Glamour

The Internet can be intrusive, yes, but it can also be a voice of comfort -- and, in my case, a close friend leaning in to whisper, "You know how you thought your dad was the greatest guy in the world? You were right. Let me tell you why."

Collateral Sorrow

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Ann V. Klotz

In the grip of grief. These are not my boys. This is not my school, my story. Yet, once more, I am holding hurt -- my own, the hurt girls in my school feel, the hurt braided with fear that every parent feels when adolescent illusions of invincibility are dashed.

Pushing Humpty Dumpty Off The Wall

Mina Samuels | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Mina Samuels

I hugged them and kissed them, these dolls I'd barely touched for more than 30 years. Finally, I went and got one of my father's shirts. I swaddled them in his shirt, added some pictures of myself as a child, closed up the bag, collected myself and took the bag out to the garage.

How Sheryl Sandberg Is Teaching Us a Valuable Lesson in Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

My heart sank as I heard of Sheryl Sandberg's unexpected and unspeakable loss. I just couldn't believe what I was reading online. My heart went out to...

3 Reasons I Haven't Told People I'm Doing IVF

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Melissa Miles McCarter

I am afraid because it means having to do a lot of explaining about a subject that is emotionally difficult to talk about with others.

Everything You Need To Know About Moving Past Regret

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

And let's remember: We can't always choose what happens to us. We don't always make the right choices. But we do have a choice in this present moment about how we respond to our past and make way for our future.

The Gift of Memory

Danielle Diamond | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Danielle Diamond

What can seem unfortunate at first may turn out to be an unforeseen blessing. Losing everything I had in that house forced me to question how much I really need to be happy.

7 Ways to Support Others During Tough Times

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Lexi Behrndt

Life is fragile. Hard times are inevitable. At one time or another, we will all go through a difficult time, whether we deal with sickness, catastrophe, crisis, or relational breakdown. In those times, we need each other more than ever, but it's not just enough to be surrounded by people.

Making Room for Grief Within the Church

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Lexi Behrndt

I'm a Christian, and I sometimes struggle with the Church. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the Church. I am part of the Church. I also know there are areas where we can grow.

Losing Chrissy

Audrey Shulman | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Audrey Shulman

What I'm left with now is not only all of Chrissy's things for the time being, but this drive to carry on without her. I refuse to acknowledge we lost, that I am defeated. She wouldn't want that. I try to appreciate beautiful days for both of us. I've caught myself wondering if I can accurately gauge what she would and wouldn't have loved. I think I can. No, wait -- I know I can.

On Being a Mom Without a Mom

Kristina Cowan | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Kristina Cowan

I saw no silver lining in my mom's young death. She was 46 and I was 15. It ushered in my life, 2.0, a time when I came to view the world through catastrophe-colored lenses -- something with which I still struggle.

The Death of the Superhero: 5 Ways to Cope With Loss

John Cordray | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
John Cordray

It is so profoundly difficult to move forward after our superhero dies, but it is possible to live life again. You'll always have a hole in your heart from your loss, but you'll make it -- you'll even be happy again.