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Blue Christmas: 6 Ways for Grievers to Navigate the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Lights, music, festivities, and feasts all around -- but if you're grieving the loss of a loved one, it is anything but "the most wonderful time of the year." If you're grieving and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Remembrance of People Passing

Michael Drew | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

This is the time of year when people recall events of the past 12 months, but more important, the lives we lost.

4 Ways to Cheat Christmas

Sheila Quirke | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Tick tock, tick tock. TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. That ain't my biological clock you're hearing, folks. That is the sound of the clock furiously racing towards Christmas, hurtling through time and space at breakneck speed that only is possible this time of year.

The Return Of Big Jon at Christmas

Guideposts | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

My mother had bought the toy for Jason when he was first diagnosed. He was handmade with felt eyes, nose and mouth, perpetually smiling. Big Jon went with him to every doctor's appointment, slept with him in every hospital bed. He offered so much more than security.

Faking the Holiday Spirit

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

Conversations that include difficulties as well as blessings bring people together. Once sorrow is expressed and comfort is received, we tend to feel better. As the burden of faking it is lifted, there is so much more energy and connection available

Your Feelings Are Your Feelings And You Are Entitled to Them

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When someone we love dies, it doesn't matter what else is going on in the world. What matters is that your loved one is dying. You have every right to feel upset no matter what else is going on around you.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 6: Reduce Comparing the Present With the Past

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

With self-compassion and patience, you can emerge from the depths of challenging times, especially if you connect with the strength that comes from truly putting your heart into the intention to move forward.

8 Tips for Enjoying Your Holiday Season

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Many people in the midst of loss or facing a life challenge at this time of year have questions about coping with the holidays. How do you handle the holidays, especially if you don't feel like handling them at all? Read on for answers and a few great holiday suggestions.

What Does It Feel Like To Have Your Sibling Die?

Quora | Posted 02.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Shannon Holman, Poet and Builder I wrote this in 2000, when my sister Jan had been dead elev...

A Retail Christmas Story

Molly Moynahan | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Molly Moynahan

My final memory of the Christmas of 1984 was witnessing our Christmas hires tossing merchandise down to their relatives and friends waiting on the street from the windows of the store. Briefly, I wondered if I was guilty of anything, but then I recalled the spirit of Christmas.

Lessons From Friendship

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Jeanette Cajide

I learned that the only true loss a person can experience is not loving enough. I learned that even if the person is no longer in your life, true love transcends time and space.

Grieving the Loss of a Child

Ann Coyle, RN | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Ann Coyle, RN

After a death and a funeral, people return to their normal lives. But for families who have lost a child, life as they knew it stopped on the day their child died. They need to work through their grief to be able to heal.

On Coping With Loss At The Holidays

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Here are a few holiday scenarios people commonly find themselves grappling with when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one at the holidays, and some ways to address them.

Missing A Parent During The Holidays

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although they may still savor some semblance of family togetherness, holiday joy becomes tempered by the acute awareness of the missing parent -- absent due to death, divorce, substance abuse, mental illness, even incarceration.

DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public -- be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore the 10 changes that make no sense.

My Grief Can Beat Your Grief: A 'Widow-Tude' Adjustment (Part 2)

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.02.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The moment has arrived to call a time-out in the game of "My Pain is Worse Than Your Pain." It is indeed time for a Widow-tude Adjustment; both within and outside the widowed community.

Sweet Memories

Tamsin Eva | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

It's uncanny that Mum died the day before we were scheduled to depart. I ate volumes of candy during that long train ride. Nobody suggested I shouldn't. And I've always suspected that a lifelong pattern of episodic over-indulgence began that day.

On the Loss of a Friend

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

I met Jonieke in 1989. We were interns at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. Jonieke and I belonged to a group of 20-somethings who assembled on that magical group of islands in a museum that had been the home and private collection of an eccentric heiress.

My Grief Can Beat Your Grief: A 'Widow-Tude' Adjustment (Part 1)

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.26.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I now reluctantly welcome you to Part One of a game that I despise; a game called, "My Pain is Worse Than Your Pain."

Why I'll Be Holding My Son A Little Tighter This Thanksgiving

Caren Chesler | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Every year at this time, as I prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, I remember that the best bird I ever made was the year no one cared about the meal.

What Does 'Giving Thanks' Really Mean?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what "giving thanks" really means. It means looking in someone's eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

Getting Through The "Giving Thanks": 4 Thanksgiving Tips For Those Who May Be Feeling Anything But Thankful

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.19.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Thanksgiving. Normally a time of festivity, feasting and "fat pants," your Thanksgiving may instead be filled with dread, gloom or outright sadness if you are coping with the loss of a loved one.

A Shared Trauma: The Death of Pan Am

Helen Davey | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Following the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I invite those who are suffering from this massive collective trauma to view this speech.

Supporting Grieving Military Children: What We All Need to Know

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

November 15 is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, we take today to recognize the special challenges that military children face after losing a parent, and the strengths they carry that can help them cope with loss too.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.