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Grieving Process

How My Friend's Passing Inspired My Life

Laura DiMinno | Posted 06.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura DiMinno

My friend experienced her share of hardships in this Life, however, she never let them deter her from living full out. Her strong, sassy, fiery spirit always prevailed, even up to her last breath.

3 Ways Spiritual Work Helps in Life and in Death

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 05.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

I contemplated her words the whole walk there and when I arrived, I understood.

The Gift of Being A 'Replacement' Child

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Miranda Pacchiana

I grew up believing that I was a replacement child, for I was given life after another child lost his: a brother my family loved and missed, and whose absence cast an obvious shadow over my grieving mother's heart.

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds

Victoria Strong | Posted 04.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Victoria Strong

Time makes people stop asking and stop mentioning her name. It makes them shift in their feet and look away when I weave her into a conversation.

Using Disney to Explain Death

Nathan Timmel | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Nathan Timmel

"Orv is all gone." My three-year-old daughter said the words in her typical sing-song manner as we drove by Orv's house. She was neither sad, nor hap...

Finding My Self-Identity Again After The Death Of My Husband

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 02.23.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

When I was a teenager I would look forward to the coming school year with new books, pencils, erasers, and the whole schmear. I would go to class, write in my new books, but when I had one mistake, it was over. I was the best little girl in the world and had to be perfect. I couldn't just toss it off. I had to start again.

Ambiguous Loss: Having But Not Having

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

After my son Zach suffered a major brain injury during a high school football scrimmage, I found the grieving process to be complicated.

Humility & Loss

Nathan Timmel | Posted 02.12.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

"Just give them a good show, sweetie. You never know who'll be in the audience." Those words are sounding inside me as I stare uncomfortably at the d...

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Alyson Seligman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Alyson Seligman

Here are eight ways you can be there for someone who is grieving:

Did You Know You Have Superpowers?

Amy Steinberg | Posted 01.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Steinberg

Perception, perspective and choice. These are your superpowers. You are a powerful, dynamic creator. Did you know that? Your thoughts, words, feeling...

A Letter To My Dad On My Wedding Day, Two Years After He Died

Jordyn Goodman | Posted 12.28.2015 | Weddings
Jordyn Goodman

My wedding weekend is here, and I don't think it has really truly hit me yet that you won't be there. I've been through all the emotions and motions without you, yet two years later it still isn't real. It is actually less real than the day you left us.

I Yelled At My Dying Husband, And I'm Still Mired In Shame

Debbie Weiss | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

Two and a half years after my husband George died of cancer, I am still mired in shame and regret because I was such a poor caregiver to him. Images of me angry, yelling at him, continue to haunt me.

Explaining the Unexplainable Pain of Losing a Pet

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Saying goodbye to Killian was one of the most painful days of my life -- a tie with losing my dad. We were lucky to give Killian a dignified, peaceful way to Heaven. Even though I still feel him with me when I need him most, the pain is so gut-wrenching and the grief is so real.

The Remarkable Way One Young Widow Is Redefining Grief

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Melissa doesn't believe that God or The Universe owed her something as precious and precarious as her husband's health. She accepts that life, often, is a crapshoot. And sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you simply don't. And sometimes you get a mix -- and that's what Melissa got and she's grateful for it.

Outside In

Nicola Kraus | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nicola Kraus

In the blurry days after my mom died people who had been through the loss of a parent consistently advised, "You need to rest." I nodded, not taking in their words anymore than I was able to take in that this was really happening.

Father's Day: Long After Dad Is Gone

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

I do not need the cards. I do not need the presents. I do not need the attention. However, contrary to popular belief, or what Hallmark wants you to think, Father's Day isn't about me.

A Bullet Point Checklist For Those Grieving After Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.04.2016 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

Grieving a divorce can take six months for one person and six years for the other. It's a personal journey and no one really has all the answers. Just do your best to keep your head above waters and hope for the best. It's all we have sometimes -- hope.

6 Ways to Help a Grieving Friend

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Still it is difficult to face our own discomfort with death and offer support to someone who has suffered a loss if we don't know what to do or say in that situation. Here are some suggestions for offering your help to a grieving friend:

Requiem for an Old, Gray Cat

Rachel Waters | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Waters

I awoke with a start at yesterday morning and in the silence of the early day I waited. I waited to hear the little snuffling of her nose. The shuffle...

Technology And Grief

Donna Mebane | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Donna Mebane

ace to face, people didn't seem to know what to say. On Facebook, friends, family, friends of friends, even people we had never known shared their deepest feelings of loss and pain with Emma, on her page, in the same way they had shared their happiness - out loud, in writing, without a care who was reading over their shoulders.

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.

The 8 Best Things You Can Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Truth be told, grief makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It's hard to see someone you care about torn up emotionally. It's natural to want to fix them, but that's just not possible. Therefore, the most helpful thing you can do for someone who is hurting is to offer to just be there for them in whatever capacity they need.

8 Things Not To Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

I'll admit that before I experienced grief firsthand, I, too, was at a loss for words. Now that I've been on both sides, I'd like to offer a few suggestions for what not to say to a newly grieving person.

How To Move Past Grief After The Death Of A Loved One

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Steps to take to get back on your feet after the death of a loved one.

Grief Isn't for the Faint of Heart

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

I've written about the death of my husband here -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-meekhof/the-moment-i-knew_25_b_3414936.html -- and I've writ...