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La Belle Indifference

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Nancy Doyle Palmer

In my husband's final days, the young man I married came back --he became thin again, his face unlined, an innocence of intent and heart restored as he became increasingly both less and more himself.

The First Year Without Her

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Meaghan McGoldrick

Twelve months in and you accept that the month she died will always be the hardest. It's been 364 days since you held her hand and pulled the plug, but you still can't bear to listen to old voicemails, afraid of what her voice on tape might do to you (even though you've heard her laugh every day since she died).

Yagana Shah

The Way This Widower Keeps His Wife's Memory Alive Will Melt Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty

It's never easy dining out alone -- but one man has found the perfect, sweetest way to ensure he never feels lonely. Twitter user Madina Bashizadah...

How the Judge Wrecked My Perfect Divorce Day

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.23.2014 | Divorce
Barbara Greenberg

I was fine with the divorce but upset by what felt like a scolding from a judge. I've asked myself several times if perhaps she was simply acting like any other judge would in this situation. I don't know what the answer is.

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

My Husband Died, Now What?

Debra L. Morrison | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Debra L. Morrison

I invite each of you to notice and gain an awareness of who you are and where you are right now, as a way of quelling some of the obsessing either about where you were or where you "should" be.

What I Wonder Now About My Son Who Passed Away

Anna Whiston-Donaldson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Anna Whiston-Donaldson

It's tempting when children die to turn them into little saints, because their beautiful qualities shine so brightly in our memories through the lens of our intense longing. In downplaying their humanity, however, we can sometimes deprive them of their full personhood.

My Cause Is Better Than Your Cause

Cindy Brandt | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Cindy Brandt

There is a phenomenon of what I call, "First-World-Problem-Shaming," where we make people feel bad about their anxieties because somewhere in the world children are starving.

Your Story Doesn't End in Pain

Paul Perkins | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Perkins

Don't be like me and go years without resolving an injury. Listen to your pain and engage it. And don't forget to ask for help along the way. You will find healing and it will leave you stronger.

Things Fall Together

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Rosengren

No one knows what to do or say. We try to stay positive in front of my sister and tears find us in the corners of hotel laundry rooms and hospital hallways. Mostly, we just stare off into space until Xanax takes us off to sleep.

Loss is Loss and Comparison Only Leaves Us Alone In It

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Does it hurt less that I have lost three, but she has lost five? Does it hurt less that you at least got a couple of years with him? Does it hurt less that she lived a longer life and mine never grew?

Free Cancer Retreats: Altruism Lives in Harmony Hill

Judy Silk | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Judy Silk

From the moment I set foot in the great lodge, I felt like a cradled soul. The counselors and house Moms took my symbolic hand and led me. Over the course of three days, I joined with other people who had lost their spouses.

Yahrzeit -- Remembering What We Have Lost

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Andy Schmookler

It is the morning of October 3rd. As I have for the past more than forty October 3rds, I take from the cupboard a special kind of candle and light it. As I do so, I think about my father.

How I Know My Daughter Heard Me, Even After Her Death

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Sports
Jeremy Krashin

"When you see G-D, honey, can you please talk to Him about the Royals? Your daddy really wants to see them win this year." I managed a half-grin, and chimed in: "How about a deep playoff run?" Winning the World Series was probably too much to ask.

he Storm That Follows a Lost Pregnancy

Tina Donvito | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Tina Donvito

The snow did indeed come, and as we hunkered down at home I was glad the world was howling along with me. The storm was an aberration against nature, just as losing my baby was. Snow in October is not supposed to happen. Losing your baby is not supposed to happen.

My Dog's Facebook Funeral

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

With the outpouring of prayer and concern at his loss, I realized Facebook is not only sacred community for so many pet lovers, it is also a lesson in how to respond to grief with simple compassion.

Losing a Child Without Losing Your Mind

Jonni Gray | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonni Gray

When the unthinkable happens, the first impulse is to believe that all is lost. When we lose our parents, we feel as though we've lost a big part of our past. When we lose a child -- especially our only child -- we feel as though we've lost our future.

I Can't Share Your Joy

Sarah Warman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

I see the updates. I see the newly posted pictures of a growing belly. I see the pictures of a nursery that was tirelessly decorated. I have the same pictures. But you'll never see them. It's not because I'm ashamed of my belly or because I'm an awful painter or decorator. It's because I didn't get the happy ending.

When Grief Calls Forth the Healing

Mary Rockefeller Morgan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Rockefeller Morgan

The severing of a love relationship through death fractures the foundation of the bereaved. Our culture's common belief that one must rapidly get up and move on after such a loss results in denying death and repressing grief.

My Brother's Keeper

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I begged him to stop and kept him on the line until he promised he wouldn't do it. "I'll call you back. I love you," he said, hanging up. I believed him. When I learned that he had died, the call haunted me.

The 8 Best Things You Can Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Truth be told, grief makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It's hard to see someone you care about torn up emotionally. It's natural to want to fix them, but that's just not possible. Therefore, the most helpful thing you can do for someone who is hurting is to offer to just be there for them in whatever capacity they need.

Photographing The Toughest Of Moments With Shaun Connell

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Shaun Connell We don't often see photographs of funerals. I guess most people are there to grieve and likely are not in th...

Grieving 10 Years Later

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronda Lee

Generally, over time sorrow turns into joyful memories. Feeling pain and loss is normal. When grief becomes debilitating, you should reach out to a therapist, counselor, or pastor, who can help guide you through the grieving process.

The Always Incomplete Family

Jessica Nelles | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Jessica Nelles

There will always be two missed first bumps and bruises. There will always be two missed first foods. There will always be two missed first teeth. There will always be two missed first words.

10 Healing Quotes to Help With Grief

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

When we lose a loved one, the difficult part is trying to learn how to function without them. The relationship is so ingrained in our daily habits, we have to train ourselves to learn new behaviors without the loved one around.