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Grieving Parents

Replacement Children: The Unconscious Script, An Interview With The Co-Author Rita Silverman

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

The loss of a child is the most unimaginable and devastating parental experience. What these parents thought their lives would look like is suddenly a...

What It's Like Having a Baby After Losing One

Sheri Roaf | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheri Roaf

Having a baby after losing a baby is hard. I can't even begin to explain how complex the emotions are that are involved. Couple this with little to no sleep and it's a no-win situation.

Bereaved Parents and the Question of Photographs

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

I don't know how to combat the slow fade of the experience of my living, breathing son in all his complexity to the two-dimensional representation hanging on my wall.

4 Things To Do When You Become An Adult Orphan

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 10.16.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

You will likely become an orphan at some point in your lifetime. My husband and I lost three of our parents in our late 20s and early 30s. We were pregnant, raising small children and building our careers. For better or worse, it was difficult for us to really grieve.

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

Grief 10 Years Later: Part 2

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

We can help counterbalance the pain and the sense of chaos for the griever by being with them and supporting them throughout their grief journey and well afterward as they navigate the complexities of 'growing up' well past childhood.

Remembering My Mother on Her 75th Birthday

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

The emptiness and loss never leave us, but in time, our memories soothe us. When life gets hard, I wish I could call my mom. Instead, I think of what she'd say.

Grace-Filled Grief: Rebuilding Myself, With Care, After Losing My Son

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jan DeBlieu

The important lesson for today -- the most important lesson of my existence -- is that given time, even the most unimaginable loss can be an avenue to a new life. Six years later, I am well into the journey down that path.

Learning to Live Again After Losing a Child

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

No parent ever completely recovers from the loss of a child. After all, this child was part of you and when your child dies, it forever alters the way in which you define your past, your present and your future.

One Cliche That Grieving Parents Really Don't Want To Hear

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We grieving parents already know that we are a living, breathing representation of your worst nightmare. And as great as it is that you have some perspective, we don't need to be reminded that it's at our expense.

Mom Explains Why She Chose To Mourn The Loss Of Her Son On Facebook

Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents

In 2007, Sandra Homer's baby Jayce was stillborn. She decided to post the pictures she had of him on Facebook for her family and friends to see. A...

What I Know About Motherhood Now That My Child Has Died

Sheila Quirke | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

It is so very easy to get stuck in the muck of mothering. It is tough freaking stuff. I work hard to not get caught up in the minutia anymore. It just doesn't matter.

Other Parents' Grief

Kate Blanchard | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Kate Blanchard

Those of us with healthy children may, for a time, enjoy the luxury of remaining oblivious to their vulnerability and impermanence. But when a "close call" provides an unwelcome reality check, we can take some comfort in the fact that all parents are, really and truly, in this together

The Ricki Lake Show May Have Done More Harm Than Good for Grieving Parents

Jackie Moore | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Jackie Moore

Grief is not linear. It whips you around and sometimes it corners you and forces you to sit down or lie down and let it wash over you. It comes with minefields that can take you from feeling functional to running to your car to sit and cry until the tears won't come anymore.

I'll Always Have a Mommy

Helen Davey | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Helen Davey

When my mother died, I turned to writing to make sense of it all. I'm hoping I can give solace to others in similar situation with an aging mother or father who for most of their life has been their only parent.

A Father and a Daughter Talk About Loss: What It Was Like to Grieve a Wife and Mother

Meghan O'Rourke | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women
Meghan O'Rourke

by Meghan O'Rourke and Paul O'Rourke When I wrote a book about my mother's death, my focus wasn't my father or his experience, though at many points ...

Maria Shriver, Elizabeth Edwards, Lisa Niemi Discuss Grief

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It was an emotional afternoon, Tuesday, at The Women's Conference in California, as a group of prominent women gathered for a special panel on grief -...