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Grieving

Bereavement After An Alzheimer's Death

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

In my Huffington Post blog on 11/9/15, "Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups," http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-s-vann/alzheimers-caregiver-support...

The Second Year Slump: The Struggle To Find A New Life

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 09.09.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

In the first year of my grief, I was pretty much running on numb. I get that this second year will be a tough haul. My latest funk was triggered in a doctor's office when I was filling out paperwork.

A Tribute To The Best Friend Who Died Way Too Soon

Susan R. Lichtenstein | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Lichtenstein

Four times a year, for the very best weeks of the year, I had a sister-wife. Those were the weeks when Terry came to Chicago for shows at the Merchandise Mart. She would set up camp in our guest room, complete with the steamer and the extra hangers and the running shoes she kept in our closet year-round.

It Was More Than Just A Tree

Inga | Posted 06.22.2016 | Fifty
Inga

In my husband Olof's and my relationship, I've always been the one who resisted change and he the one who embraced it. So I was puzzled when the big tree in our front yard died, Olof refused to let it be removed. But it was when he started using "feeling" words about the tree that I became officially alarmed.

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Michelle E. Steinke

The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success.

Happy Fatherless Day

Alicia Napierkowski | Posted 06.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia Napierkowski

The anticipation of Father's Day has become a dreadful kaleidoscope of carnival mirrors, disfiguring a warm June that once felt welcoming, instead of an excuse for a picnic or a card to sign.

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.

Finding Familiarity After My Dad Passed

Alicia Napierkowski | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Napierkowski

I don't want to lose sight of my pathway when the fog rolls in but sometimes it's too thick for me. The great thing about fog, though, is that it always clears. I guess that's a start.

Grieving My Father's Suicide

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

When I was fifteen years old my paternal grandmother committed suicide. Over the next two decades I watched my beloved father come undone, and on October 17, 2006, my dad followed in his mother's footsteps and took his own life.

I Was Unfaithful To My Wife While She Fought for Her Life

Jason MacKenzie | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Jason MacKenzie

My grief appears when it needs to appear now that I am open to accepting it. I deal with it by writing and talking to my wife and kids. I also deal with it by trying to help others who are experiencing the incredible difficulties of coping with a loved one suffering from mental illness. Things are better now.

When You Miss Your Dog So Much You Write Him A Goodbye Letter

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Sky Mandala Marcano

Dear Max, You were a really awesome buddy. It is with my heavy heart that I wish you better days, big fields and flowers. I hope you are in a better place.

15 Stories That May Help You Grieve

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living

Grieving the loss of someone you love is difficult. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain and f...

Man Turns His Grief Over Beloved Grandmother Into The Perfect Tattoo

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 04.22.2016 | Good News

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Muted Joy: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh Again

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Mom's hearty laugh and gentle voice didn't just lead me to the stage; it lead me back to love, life, and heart-healing laughter.

The Day I Gained a Husband But Didn't Know I Was Also Losing My Mother

Stephanie Molina Ceccarelli | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Molina Ceccarelli

I'd planned to tell Mom how much I loved her, but it was too late. I swallowed the lump in my throat and instead all I could hear myself say was, "Mom, I can't look at you, because if I do I know I'll lose it." We took one step, then another, and walked what I didn't know would be the last walk we'd ever share again. And just like that, she gave me away.

Alzheimer's Spouse Not Ready to Move On

Allan S. Vann | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

In eight weeks Clare and I will "celebrate" our 49th wedding anniversary. I am hoping that will be a "good" day and we will hug and kiss and be very happy for a brief moment. I am an Alzheimer's spouse who is just not ready yet to move on.

Blessings from Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.06.2016 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Last September my friend Nancy, got in touch to tell me of the death of her beloved daughter. I was saddened to hear the details of Meghan's passing. ...

Mom Says 2-Year-Old Son’s Death Triggered Her Gambling Addiction: ‘I Blame Myself For His Death’

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 03.25.2016 | Dr. Phil

Over the last 20 years, Debbie says she’s gambled away nearly $400,000 – and she says she can’t stop. “When I go on a gambling binge, I could ...

Kissing Frogs: A Case for Conscious Grieving

Judy Warren | Posted 03.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Judy Warren

Stop, drop and roll. Release the pain, sadness and disappointment, so you're not carrying it forward. You and the man you are meant for deserve for your heart to have a clean slate. Remove any trace of bitterness in your heart, so you are free to love fully again.

Secrets for Successful Later-in-Life Marriages

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

It's helpful to recognize special challenges of later-in-life marriages so we can deal with them constructively. The three to be addressed here involve money, sex, and "unfinished business."

Learning How to Grieve the Loss of My Father

Alicia Napierkowski | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Napierkowski

Being thrown back into the world with a heightened sense of self brings me to a place I can't turn back from. I am in a mental and emotional purgatory but now that I've given myself a chance to speak to all of this, I have found some clarity. I'm going to let my hard days be hard days, and thank my good days for shining light into the shadows.

When a Picture Is All You Have Left

Brie Witherspoon | Posted 02.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brie Witherspoon

A dog's love is unconditional, and often times taken for granted. They are there to greet you every time you come through the door.

Has Grief Made You Lose Your Mind?

Megan Devine | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Because we don't talk about the reality of grief in our culture, lots of grieving people think they're crazy. When my partner first died, I lost my m...

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...