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When Should You Surrender To An Emotion?

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

"Know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em" are lyrics from a famous Kenny Rogers song, and they apply to life in so many ways. When do you give up? When do you throw up your hands and let things take their course, despite being unhappy with the state of it all?

My Miscarriage: The Story I Will Keep Telling

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Most people I know have suffered this kind of loss. But that doesn't make it any easier when it happens.

Stacey's Lesson: Living With Purpose

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Zachary K. Pearce

There is no easy way to deal with death. There is no phrase which by its mere utterance will cure a bereaved person. I have learned this. This experience has allowed me to garner a motto for life: "Every day you're alive, there's a reason to smile."

She Carved Out a Wonderful Life

Charlie Carillo | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

The little girl came home from school in tears, saddled with an assignment she knew she couldn't handle.

When Death Knocks

Nikki Luongo | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Nikki Luongo

Ten years ago, Whoopi Goldberg performed a live show, her first in nearly 20 some-odd years, and she portrayed a character that is so afraid of chang...

Finding A New Meaning For Prayer

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Mary Anne Mercer

Over six months has passed since my mother's death, and I have begun to realize that I may never fully solve those mysteries from my place in this world. But my search has begun.

'How Long Were You Married?': Is ANY Length of Time Ever 'Enough'?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.08.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

No matter the amount of time you spent as a couple, you will always feel robbed and cheated out of even more time with your beloved because you were forced to say goodbye. No one is ever ready for that terrible day -- or for that terrible goodbye.

Life, Love And Losing My Sex Drive

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

A few weeks ago I lost my 17-year-old chihuahua. Saddled with sadness, I lost all interest in sex -- a very bad thing when you make your living off selling it. Not only did I not want to have sex, but I didn't want to think about it, look at it, write about it, or even tweet about it.

Carie's Ghost

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

What if you and daddy both get sick and die? Who will take care of me? Where will you go?

The Price We Pay For Loving

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

This is the price we pay for loving others: the pain of the loss of their presence from our lives and the loss of their love, which they displayed in so many different ways throughout our mutually lived lives.

Loyalty vs. Living Again: Are You Being 'Disloyal'?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Telling someone how to grieve after a loss is rather like trying to tell someone how to raise their children -- it's generally unwelcome advice and no one listens anyway. So even after six years, two books and tens of thousands of letters, I never tell anyone how to grieve.

What Dying Can Teach Us About Saving The World

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

At first I saw these lessons as a step-by-step guide for how to approach death. But eventually I realized that the way I lived my own life each day was being transformed by the stories I was gathering. That's when it dawned on me that these were really the lessons of living.

The Single Most Important Thing To Do After Divorce

Alison Patton | Posted 11.27.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

How do you forgive the unforgivable?

'Ex' Does NOT Mark The Spot

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.24.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

At exactly what point in time did a late spouse become an "EX"?

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 David | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

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.