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How Grief Connects Us: Even in the U.S. Senate

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
John Amodeo, PhD

What if it suddenly dawned on our leaders that in any given moment, millions of our family members -- our American family -- are experiencing a similar vulnerability or trauma?

I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

Mother Hunger

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Losing my mother was one of the most gut-wrenching experiences of my life. Not a day passes that I don't think about my mother and what she would think of me.

The Triggers I Still Face After Leaving Sandy Hook

Alissa Parker | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

Triggers are hard. They are often unpredictable and they are strong. I have learned to not fight these emotions, but to let them run through me.

Divorce Confidential: Managing Your Emotions During A Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Can someone say "social media" as the new therapeutic emotional outlet?

A Letter to People in Pain: The Early Days of Grief Are a World of Their Own

Megan Devine | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

If you're here, in the early days, and the universe has just split open and everything has changed, I'm sorry you're here. Others have come before you, but that doesn't really matter now.

Cooper Moll: After I Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder, I Decided to Move Forward

Cooper Moll | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cooper Moll

I used to think the notion that people could change was a farce ... until I did it myself.

My Cup Runneth Over With Just Enough

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

While we do this deep dive and soul search, we also hold onto the love and support we receive, the wonderful and healing love and support of family, friends and community and, ultimately, the sweet love of our child. We learn that as we keep our hearts open, our hearts receive all of this love.

5 Things I Learned From Helping My Dad Die

Noah Michelson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Noah Michelson

In honor of my dad, Robert Michelson, one of the most incredible men who ever spent a little time on this planet -- and in honor of the pain and grief and wonder conjured by death -- I am sharing five things that I learned while helping him die.

Death and Technology in the Millennial Age

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.10.2014 | Technology
Teresa Lee

Everywhere I looked was her face. Every one of her friends who messaged me was another picture of her that I had to look at over and over again.

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: The Beginning

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

When she introduced me, a tough looking inmate (*Tanesha) immediately tried to intimidate me. She scoffed and asked me if I'd ever been an addict. Pretty soon most of the women in the room were smirking at me. Boom -- judged. And I hadn't even said a word yet.

Elaine Torres: What I Learned About My Family and Myself From Being Homeless

Elaine Torres | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Torres

Three years ago my family and I were homeless. I have six children, and have been married to the love of my life for 20 years.

Stacy Cohen: Taking Control of My Health Meant Taking Control of My Life

Stacy Cohen | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacy Cohen

I decided to take control of my life and for the first time in my 28 years, listen to my own voice -- not what other people thought or what I thought was true from the media.

Grief Online: The Dos and Don'ts of Internet Etiquette

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 05.05.2014 | Technology
Dr. Candi K. Cann

With so much of our socializing done virtually, it is no surprise that we are grieving and mourning the deaths of our loved ones online too. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for grieving online.

Healthy Grieving

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

When someone you love leaves the planet, you are no longer quite the same person. Wishing to return to your old self is an exercise in defeat. Instead, recognize that you are growing into a new self. This new self will integrate love, loss and change. Life is always about change and integration.

Together Through Mud

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

After all, with the ongoing therapeutic and financial needs that typically follow a community tragedy, why put time and energy toward what is ultimately a bunch of folks traipsing through the mud?

What If...

David Kessler | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Kessler

We can hardly turn on our TVs without seeing promos that reveal a child who died 32 years ago returning on ABC's new Sunday night drama, Resurrection. The promos pose this question: What if someone you lost returned?

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

With Suicide, Drug Overdose, We Need to Stop Blaming the Parents

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.

Jaime Franchi: When My Father Died, I Knew What I Had to Do

Jaime Franchi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jaime Franchi

Being on the front lines of my own life without the cushion of a parent between me and my own eventual death brought my goals into focus.

Keeping Memories Alive Through Candid Conversation

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | TED Weekends
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgComing out of my closet enabled me to honestly share my grief journey with others and to gain inspiration from their experiences. And I gained a new perspective on life and death.

Malcolm Smith Wasn't Invited, a Lesson For Us All

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Sports
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Football, granted, is just a game, but it's a big game on a national stage, and sometimes, what happens on the field can become a life lesson for the rest of us.

The Loss of a Lifetime: When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

What did it mean that there were no handbooks for me? That people asked me to be strong in the face of the biggest loss I'd ever experienced or imagined? At times I felt like I didn't deserve to feel so shattered, especially in the shadow of my parents' immense loss.

My Treasured 'Never' Tattoo

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

As I admired the heartfelt sentiment scrawled across my dainty wrist, a fast, fluttery sensation tumbled through my tummy. I realized that this was the first time I had experienced genuine excitement since Mom had died.

Journey to the Center of Your Grief

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

We all experience loss. When faced with the loss of a loved one, we are faced with great challenge. The sheer shock and utter sadness we feel most cer...