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A Smile, a Coke and a Stairway

Beth-Ann Kozlovich | Posted 10.21.2014 | Hawaii
Beth-Ann Kozlovich

For me, there is no cemetery. I sit on the stairs facing the bookcase on the landing where my father's ashes are beautifully boxed. Usually, I have a Coke and a couple of French fries in hand. Sometimes, I'll play an old Earth, Wind & Fire CD from my dad's collection, maybe Sammy Davis Jr., or Barry White.

Since You've Been Gone

S. Isabelle Harounian | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
S. Isabelle Harounian

until our eyes meet again, dearest mother, until I am where you are -- above, beyond and over the clouds -- until then, know your heart beats in mine.

Frontera: A Conversation About Immigration and an Essay on Grief

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

This film dares to ask unsettling questions and portray graphic dimensions of the tremendous risks people are willing to take, and the horrifying suffering many undergo, just to take a chance on gaining US citizenship.

Review Essay on "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

The friend who gave me the book knew that I had been investigating and writing about the phenomenology of traumatic loss since the death of my late wife in February of 1991 shattered my world.

Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Doug Levitt

I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.

Alzheimers: A Daughter's Perspective of the Long Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

Grieving isn't new for me, and it's been a long, long road -- this journey of saying goodbye to my father. Ronald Reagan called his Alzheimers the "long goodbye", and he was right. Since the day my mom called to tell me the news six years ago, it's been an incredibly difficult, painful but often beautiful experience.

How Death Did Me a Favor

Carolyn Bass | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Carolyn Bass

I no longer took for granted the waking up every morning of myself, my husband, my children. If my sister could die, so could one of them.

When It's Time To Bury Our Mothers

Christie O. Tate | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Christie O. Tate

Plenty of my friends' parents have had health scares, close calls, bad doctors' visits, scan revealing ominous spots on vital organs. It's always gut-wrenching to watch someone grapple with a sick parent. It's awful to be the one with a sick parent.

Missing You

Eugenia Chandris | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eugenia Chandris

The death of two parents spread over such a chasm of time reassures me that I have grown up. had feared the brutal spectacle and harsh rattle of death. I had feared being alone with her at the final judgmental moment of leaving, feared I would abandon her and not offer a last comfort, that split second of reassurance as she left. Yet none of those fears came true.

Finding Peace Amongst the Broken Pieces

Kelley Whitis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Whitis

One of the greatest lessons in life is that everything is impermanent. All things come and go. We live in such a structured society, where everything is broken down into steps or organized in a rational way. But there is no rationalizing grief.

Letter To My Daughter On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Passing

Sukey Forbes | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte, two of the most profound life experiences for me were the day you came into the world as my daughter and the day you left the world as my daughter.

10 Tips on Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Cope With a Death in the Family

Gloria Horsley | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Gloria Horsley

Going back to school is a tough time for bereaved parents and siblings. Leaving the familiar and going to a new experience or even going back to a setting or school one has already attended can be tough.

Sources of Light

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

Although I'm aware that creative, bright, and humorous people are as susceptible as anyone (maybe even more susceptible) to depression, there's something about the uniqueness of Robin Williams' gifts that makes me wish he could have been spared emotional anguish.

Grief Is Not Broken

Elea Acheson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Elea Acheson

Grief is not broken, and it doesn't need fixing. Maybe that's why people are so scared of grief, because the word "broken" is used so often. Broken is a horrible thing. Broken is something that may mend, but will never heal. Broken will always leave scars to remind us of the pain.

Depression and Women: Five Tips for Getting Help

Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC | Posted 10.18.2014 | Women
Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

Depression is manageable. But it's not always a walk in the park on a sunny spring day. Part of managing any challenge is to accept its demands. To live within its parameters.

A Tale of Two Suicides and a Story of One

David Toussaint | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

None of my own experiences combined with what I know of my father's life make me think any less of a person who chooses suicide. In this week of unhappy reflection, I've found myself repeating that phrase a lot. Who are any of us to understand what pain another is going through, or to what depths?

Through Great Loss There Can Be Great Gain

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Fred's journey through grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. He has been able to maintain a healthy, loving sense of connection with Rose and at the same time engage in living in the present, and allowing his life to flourish.

Grief at the Grocery Store

David Kessler | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

Public grief is a powerful growth opportunity to enhance our own life. Grief is awful no matter what, but it's a part of life. Let's learn to do it better for ourselves and for the people we love. It's a little known key to peace and happiness.

The Limits of Love

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

Love, we're told, heals all wounds. Love makes the world go round. Love is the holy balm, the essence of life itself. And I would say yes to all of these statements... yes, but. Yes, but there are limits to love. I believe in love. And I also believe in luck.

What True Love Feels Like

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Sometimes it takes someone else showing you where there's hope to be able to see it, and sometimes it helps to look at an old situation in a new way to see what's growing out of the ashes.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...

8 Things You Can Do to Take Care of Yourself After a Celebrity Loss

Gloria Horsley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

These celebrity losses can also trigger painful memories of our own past losses and can raise existential questions.

Robin Williams: Life Lessons He Left Us With

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

There is so much to learn from a beautiful man like Robin Williams. Robin taught us that adult laughter and comedy were healing. He could, just by being him, make any topic, dark or light, somehow hysterically funny. We were all enamored with him because he reminded us to see the humor.

How To Help Someone Who Has Lost A Loved One To Suicide

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living

The loss on Monday of Robin Williams, one of our most beloved comedic legends, came as a shock to fans, who mourned his death both publicly and privat...

Suicide Is Closer Than You Think

David Kessler | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

There is so much stigma around suicide, you would be surprised how often it occurs and to whom. We typically think of the teen suicide or the younger adult, but those who are older complete suicide also. It's just more often covered up.