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When You Know for Certain

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

One of the most startling things to deal with in the aftermath of trauma is how quickly the rest of the world moves on.

October's Down Syndrome Awareness Month Was Never About Human Rights

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

If Down syndrome is to survive it needs a message that accepts it as not a problem to solve, an experience to overcome or an opposing faction, but solely as a human rights issue to address.

Undeveloped Film

Beth Leyba | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Leyba

There are three rolls of film in canisters sitting on the table near the door, where they have sat for at least a month. No one develops film any more...

To The Mother Of A Rainbow Baby

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Every day, you'll love your babies -- all of them -- just a little bit more, until one day, that love overtakes the pain.

Bigger Than You

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

At some point in your life you will face something bigger than you. Chances are very good it will happen more than once. But that first time can knock you for a loop; pull the proverbial rug out from under you. It can take your predictable, happy life and turn it upside down.

Losing Sophie (My Yellow Lab)

Robert Levithan | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

When you take an animal into your life, you are signing up for heartbreak. If all goes according to nature, you will experience an entire life cycle in years rather than decades. When that beloved being dies, everything changes.

The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...

Who Will Zip Up My Dress Now That I'm A Widow?

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 10.24.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Grief has changed my life forever. I am not the person I was three months ago. What existed in my life before my husband Peter died has been suddenly altered. Nothing is the same, nor will it ever be so. What was important to me before is meaningless now.

An Open Letter to New Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

As painful as it is, literally setting small goals each day will help you through this very dark and lonely time. You may not understand and know the purpose for your loss. This will come later with openness and insight.

The Lessons From My Father's Suicide

Sarah Holroyd | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Holroyd

Suicide is such a confusing thing to process when you are the one who is left behind. On Dec. 13, 2014, my dad killed himself. He took his own li...

Allowing Our Soul Rays to Shine Through Our Heartbreak

Courtney Dukelow | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Courtney Dukelow

In this quickly moving world, where what is news one day is history the next, it can be fairly easy to stay frozen in our grief and remain numbed out to these injustices and horrors in the world.

The Case For Love After Loss

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Michelle E. Steinke

In this life there is love and there is death. These two entities are intertwined like a sick and cruel joke played on all of mankind. You may find love in this life but when you risk love it is inevitable at some point you will know loss.

4 Things To Do When You Become An Adult Orphan

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

You will likely become an orphan at some point in your lifetime. My husband and I lost three of our parents in our late 20s and early 30s. We were pregnant, raising small children and building our careers. For better or worse, it was difficult for us to really grieve.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Delivered My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

When the doctor confirmed my worst suspicions and slowly helped me up from the exam table, I asked, "What happens now? Do I need to have a D&C?" He shook his head no. "You'll need to deliver." With those words, I was transported into a "through the looking glass" world where life as it was supposed to be was turned on its head.

A Letter To My Dearly Departed Husband Peter

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 10.11.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

My grief therapist says I should write to you. So I am writing a letter to you like a kid writes to Santa. The letter will never reach its recipient, but the writing is therapeutic. Maybe you will send me a message from the North Pole or wherever you are that you are OK?

6 Things You Can Do to Help Someone in Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While you can't do everything, simply doing something is a thoughtful expression of kindness. And no deed is too small to be appreciated.

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

Looking for Joy in a Jar of Peanut Butter

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Yes, it has come to this, occasional weeping behind sunglasses in dark corners of an upmarket Colorado ski town in between envy inducing photos of adventures posted on my social media feeds that belie these not so happy moments.

The Loss of My Fertility Doesn't Define Me

Ariane Le Chevallier | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Ariane Le Chevallier

The loss of my fertility is not going to define me. I do not want people to feel bad for me. I don't want people to question why I need to do IVF because I got pregnant so quickly the first time. I don't need questions about everything we have tried.

How Pope Francis Gives Me Hope: A Philadelphia Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.

Palliative Care Is a Human Right

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

This year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) put out a revolutionary report about improving quality of care at end of life for all Americans, including children. Despite these important advances, we still have a long way to go in ensuring that palliative care becomes a human right for all.

A Little Good News for a Change

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

A while back there was one of those "Maybe-I just-need-to-stop-reading-the-newspaper-for-a-while days. There wasn't a lot of uplifting news in the wor...

The Day My Mother Died

Elizabeth Tobey | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Tobey

I lost far more than my mother in the year following her death. The whole year feels like life kept punching me repeatedly in the face, then kicking me with a steel toed boot when it finally had me down on the ground. I navigated my way out of that mess by figuring out what brought more good to my life than bad.

I May Be Remarried, But I'm Still a Widow

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Michelle E. Steinke

I can be both a wife to a man on this earth whom I love, and the widow to a man I fulfilled my vows to -- a man I will always love. I often have people ask me if I ever stop missing him or thinking about him -- especially since I'm re-married now. The answer is simple. No.

What I Wish Others Knew About How Foster Parents Grieve

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a foster parent is the moment when our child from foster care leaves our homes. As a foster parent, our home becomes a place where children placed in the foster care system come for a period of time, with the goal of being reunited with their family in the near future.