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How I Overcame The Darkest Post-Divorce Days

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.20.2012 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

Grief overcame me like a dark cloud. I felt so much sadness that I thought I'd drown.

Laughter Is Sacred Space

Ted Swartz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Ted Swartz

On a path to be a Mennonite pastor, I had gone back to school at age 30 in order to prepare for seminary, along with three small children, a supportive wife and a congregation sponsoring us. While in undergrad I took an acting class, and fell in love with this art form.

Shades of Blue for Benghazi

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

So what can we do while dwelling in shades of blue? First, we can remember that feeling grief is a natural and normal response that honors the very vibrancy of human life, the loss of which we mourn.

Family Foes, Fair-Weather Friends... and the Luxury of the Armchair

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Don't waste valuable energy on those who have abandoned you or are otherwise sitting in judgment. Instead, ask yourself, "Who is my real support? Who has stood by me and continues to do so? Who is a positive presence in my life?

Fearless Forgiveness: 'Why I Forgave The Teen Who Killed My Family' (VIDEO)

Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living

In 2007, Chris Williams's pregnant wife and two of his four children were killed in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver. In this inspirin...

Donna's Cancer Story: Mother's Day

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you go through cancer treatments with your child, you meet some of the best people you will ever know.

Second Chances

Felice Shapiro | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

We weren't totally done with our mourning, we never would be, but that day we were all ready to celebrate. Bill had captured us all with his smile, his sincerity and his love, and now we were celebrating a new beginning with a man who was welcomed in with a communal hug.

A 'Grave' Situation

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

No other person on this planet can tell you how to feel, how to grieve and most importantly, how you should or should not be pursuing whatever it is that brings comfort to you.

Thriving While Dying: Fearlessly Embracing A Terminal Illness

Rick A. Reynolds | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick A. Reynolds

"My doctors say I have at best three months left to live. I refuse to believe it and know that working with you will help me survive." That's how my work began with the client who taught me the most about living fearlessly and making every second count.

9/11 Anniversary Reactions -- Still Normal after All These Years

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | New York
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Almost everyone has a story about 9/11. Where they were when they found out about the terrorist attacks; if they knew anyone who fled or was killed that day and how it impacted their lives. It's important to discuss.

Kids and Funerals -- Do They Belong Together?

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Open your own heart and understand that children benefit when they participate in a family event that includes both celebration and pain. Together you can face the sorrow, share the tears, and always, always, hold the love in your hearts.

Is This Really It?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.06.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

his wretched illness has already cruelly claimed my husband's life. It destroyed our family. Our hopes. Our dreams. Our plans. Our future. It does not get to take my life, too.

The Six Stages of Climate Grief

Daphne Wysham | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?

What My Sons Realized About Me That I Couldn't

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

"You only snack when you're sad. But the thing is, you're not sad. You're happy," my son replied. "And you feel bad about it. Like you're hurting Dad or you don't deserve it or whatever. Well you're not, and you do. Capeesh?"

A Personal Musing on Grieving Moms: The Destination We Don't Want on Our GPS

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

And so the days have been. It could all change tomorrow. I could be a grieving mom. I hope the day never comes. Dare I say, in a small way I grive with these moms. I am so sorry they have lost their babies. I am in awe of their courage.

WATCH: How To Stay Happy When It Feels Like The World Is Falling Apart

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

According to Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project" and "Happier at Home," there are times in life when you just can't be happy. For exampl...

Why My Husband Will Never Be My World

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Fifty
Melissa Chapman

While I love my husband, and can't imagine what it would be like to lose him after living and breathing the air he did for 50 years, I am committed to creating an existence that does not completely and utterly revolve around him.

Cornfield Creek Diary: Collision and Solidarity

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Neighbors lingered a long time on the lawns and street, long after the emergency workers and police had left. There was nothing we could do to help, but nobody seemed quite ready to give up the sense of solidarity that emerges around such threatening experiences.

How Your Loss Can Transform You

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Truth: Your loss will transform you. This is the experience, and it is what it is. The transformation is often for the better. Not always, but usually -- especially if we find ways to get out of our own way.

The 5 Stages Of Grief, Addressed

Noah Kass | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

I believe strongly in the five stages of grief model, developed by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. It has proven to be applicable for many aspects of grief, including those involving the loss of a loved one.

The Outrageous Letter I Received 30 Days After My Husband Died

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The letter stated that I was "obviously responsible" for "taking care of your husband's obligations" and that if they did not receive payment in full within 30 days, they would take further action. Did I mention that almost all of the officers of said financial institution were guests at our wedding? And his funeral?

Why I Cry In Public

Jillian Lauren | Posted 10.18.2012 | Women
Jillian Lauren

What do we travel for if not this -- to be lifted out of our ingrained identities and to experience our humanity?

When Mentoring Never Ends

Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker

Please remember you are not alone. There are millions of other lives all around you. Each a person feeling happiness and sadness, each a person you may have the opportunity to meet, to know, to share a burden with, to like and/or to love.

Fear And Grief: My New Normal

Deborah Sumner | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Sumner

My fear is that I lost more than my mom; I lost an ally, a protector, a counselor, and a confidante. Even though she's not physically here, she's still a huge part of who I am.

'It's Over!' 10 Breakup Survival Tips to Get You Through It

Sheri Meyers | Posted 10.15.2012 | Women
Sheri Meyers

It doesn't matter if it was a long-term relationship, a short-lived cyber affair, an unrequited love or a good friends-with-benefits arrangement. If you cared and connected, you feel a deep and painful void where there was once laughter and affection. It's like experiencing a small death.