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Gratitude And Grief

Owen Griffith | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Owen Griffith

In my life, one of the people I am most grateful for is my oldest brother Steve. Steve was a musician, a naturalist and poet. He taught me how to play guitar, took me back-packing, encouraged me to read great literature, like Moby Dick, and inspired me to write.

On This Day -- An Open Letter to Facebook

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

I imagine you thought it would be fun for people to see what they were up to one year ago today and perhaps even insightful to have the chance to reflect on how they have grown or changed over the past year. However, I fear that in the development of this feature you neglected to think about its impact on one particular group of people -- those who have experienced significant loss in their lives.

Love, Loss and Wanderlust: How Losing My Father Made Me Rediscover My Love of Travel

Abbey Jorstad | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Abbey Jorstad

One of my father's greatest desires was always to travel and see the world, and yet he could never master his fear of the unknown. Many of the qualities that make travel one of the great loves of my life were the very things that filled him with dread. I find myself wondering if I travel so much as a direct rebellion against his own fears and worries?

I Want to Be Wild

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

Grieving while raising kids and catering to a husband and every other obligation sucks. I would argue it makes the process take longer. Then again, I am not sure this process of grieving the loss of a mother ever ends.

Easter and Grief: An Inescapable Connection

Megan Devine | Posted 04.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Megan Devine

photo credit: Jarosław Pocztarski Even if you aren't a religious person or adhere to any particular faith, you can't really escape the whole Easter ...

Remembering My Mother on Her 75th Birthday

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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.

Divorced Men: Booze and Women

Chris L. Burcher | Posted 03.27.2015 | Divorce
Chris L. Burcher

rather than seeking sex, I was seeking approval. Online dating is great for that. I wanted girls to find my profiles appealing and attractive. I wanted women to choose me from the vast array of other men.

Technology And Grief

Donna Mebane | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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.

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

5 Benefits of Educating Yourself About Death in Your 20s

Michael Perice | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Michael Perice

Martin Heidegger wrote about how death awareness (the "nothing") enables us to shift to a mode where we simply appreciate that things are (the "being there"), as opposed to worrying about how or what things are. Allow me to translate that quote into the language a 20-something might understand -- YOLO!

'Mommy, What Does 'Die' Mean?'

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

It never occurred to me that her little brain was trying to put together the pieces and understand the immense sadness that filled our house. She just didn't have the communication skills.

8 Tips for Coping With the Death of a Parent

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

However, just because the death of a parent is common place and is the natural order of things, this does not mean a person can or should be expected to simply and quickly bounce back.

4 Powerful Lessons About Life I Learned As A Hospice Worker

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

As a Hospice volunteer, I spend every Tuesday with people who are dying. I cook their meals; hold their hands; read to them; I sing and I sit quietly. I tell them stories and I listen to theirs. I wipe their foreheads, when fever or illness makes them sweat.

Saying the Hardest Goodbye Far From Home

Jill Kozak | Posted 03.23.2015 | Hawaii
Jill Kozak

It was an unassuming Tuesday evening when I heard my best friend had been killed in a roller skating accident in Hawaii. At 28 years old, her life was...

Simple Steps to Help You Move Through Grief and Live Again

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

There comes a point in the process where you must choose to override the fear of transitioning into another stage of life by realizing that you are not letting your loved one go, but rather integrating that person into your present life where she will live in the world through you.

Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly an...

What to Give Grieving Loved Ones This Christmas

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Here's a tip: I don't have leprosy, and death is not contagious, though it will eventually come for you too. Not mentioning the death of my mother, the person who gave me life, who birthed me, bathed me and was forever present in my world, only makes it easier for you, or so you think.

Why Those We Miss Most Will Be With Us On The Holidays

Wendy Francis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Francis

When I was first married, my mother sent along a recipe box filled with her favorite recipes, all handwritten in her familiar slanting cursive. It is the one thing of hers that I cherish most. I have a piece of her, her handwriting, an occasional Post-it note stuck to a recipe with additional helpful tips. It's as if she's still standing right there in my kitchen, a glass of wine in hand, and we're laughing about something silly we once did.

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

Breaking Free From Psychics and Mediums

Eric W. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

I've always known that mediums and psychics are all con artists who make their livings exploiting the bereaved. Now that I'm a widower, I've begun to ...

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Dr. Norma Bowe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Norma Bowe

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.

Grieving in the Facebook Era

Ana I. Grande | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Ana I. Grande

Let us remember that grieving is more than social media, too. It is an embrace of those living that allows the darkness of our souls to receive light; it is a touch of hands that guides us through our journey and an elevated prayer for those who have left us in God's perfect order.

Moving Through Grief

Mark Malinowski | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

When you lose someone in your life who you love more than yourself, the experience will change you forever. I know I will never be the same. It will happen to most of us. and it's important to give yourself the permission and time to discover who you are following a great loss.