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How to Use Meditation to Understand Death and Deal With Grief

Chandresh Bhardwaj | Posted 02.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Chandresh Bhardwaj

While we welcome a birth with great festivity, death is often less celebratory. Acknowledging death is more uncomfortable than talking about birth. We...

The Zen of Dying

Annie Wood | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Annie Wood

This is my life. All of it. I miss my mom, but I'm forever grateful for this profound sorrow because it has taught me more about who I am. Turns out, I'm more than I thought I was. And I have a feeling, so are you.

The Scent of a Mommy

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

It's my mom's birthday. She would be 73 years old today had she not died at 65. My mom's birthday is a super hard day because it highlights what should be in stark contrast to what actually is. My mom should be celebrating turning 73.

A Day in the Heart of a Grieving Mom

Dee Incollingo | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dee Incollingo

he world will never realize what it takes to get through a day in the heart of a grieving mother. Self pity? Spend a day in Suzy-Q's heart before you decide.

The Forgotten, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 01.21.2016 | Arts

In our selfie-filled world where every phone is a camera and every phone-owner an amateur photographer, it’s hard to imagine our daily lives de...

My New Reality, Not My New Normal

Dee Incollingo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dee Incollingo

These are my own thoughts based on my own personal reality living here without my child. Trust me, I do not know the way so I am making no predictions for anyone based on my own personal two plus year nightmare. Sugar coating the loss of my child is impossible as my heart spits out this painful reality.

My Brother Was Murdered By A Man With A Gun

Alex Schneps | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Schneps

That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?

The One Downside Of Midlife That Never Gets Any Better

Valerie Albarda | Posted 01.05.2016 | Fifty
Valerie Albarda

Death. It is the unfortunate part of life. It's the natural progression that marks our last breath, our final tears. We don't like to think about it, this permanent elephant that has stomped its way into the room. As we grow older, so too shall the people we love, the ones we hold dear to our hearts.

A Dog Movie Unleashes Emotion in Marrakech

Thelma Adams | Posted 12.29.2015 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

"Each person dies as best they can," says Julian (Ricardo Darin) in the Spanish-language dramedy Truman, screened out of competition at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech.

The Best Christmas Gift for the Seriously Ill and the Grieving: Your Time While Being Fully Present

Dianne Gray | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Dianne Gray

Please give the gift of your time to that very special person in your life and please be mindfully present while doing so. I promise you at some point down the road, you'll look back with an incredible feeling that you too, had your own Christmas miracle reveal itself-- in a most magical, unexpected way.

The Bright Side of Death

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 12.22.2015 | Fifty
Sybil Adelman Sage

"There are no online reviews for hospices," I said to my 79-year-old brother shortly after he announced he was stopping dialysis. Though we knew his decision made this the first day of the rest of his life, we both laughed.

Spread Love Around the World

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.22.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

The absence of a Christmas card for my nephew this year leaves a bit of a hole in my heart. I've decided to fill that hole by honoring him in different way.

When a White Christmas Turns Blue: Surviving Grief During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There may be many reasons to feel stressed during the holidays, but grief brings its own brand of challenges. If you're grieving this year and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Finding Love in the Kitchen, All Over Again

Lauren DePino | Posted 12.15.2015 | Good News
Lauren DePino

"You might never find love like that in any relationship again," my therapist said. "The way your grandmother loved you is rare." I sat before her ...

Unless Verizon Is Branding the Sky

Joseph P. Farrell | Posted 12.08.2015 | New York
Joseph P. Farrell

At the end of the longest decade any of us had ever known, November came again. The temperature hadn't dropped but the sun was predictably low, castin...

It's Been 3 Years Since My Spouse's Death And I'm Still In Pain

Debbie Weiss | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

In the two and a half years since my husband died, I thought I'd feel better about my life without him. But I don't. Especially during the holiday season when I feel my loss even more piercingly than usual. And having to say that everything's going great just makes it worse.

A Legacy of Life: The Miracle on 34th Street Remembered

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

The staples that mark the essence of the holiday season occur like clockwork on an annual basis-and are not dependent on any particular person. Despit...

To My Vito, On Our First Sunday Without You

Nicole Skaro | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

Oh my Vito, my amazing Vito. I am not perfect; my past is full of mistakes. Yet I am ever so honored I was able to call you mine for the ever-short time it was.

When the Holidays Hurt: A Letter to Those Who Are Still Finding Their Way Home

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

It wasn't a shelter that I happened to pass or a donate button that I was asked to click, but rather it all started when I was sitting in a room full ...

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

You Will Always Be A Mom

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

I've watched you continue on. You teach other peoples children. I watch you treat them with a unique kindness, only known to moms who have lost a child. Someone once said that being a mom is loving your children more than you've ever loved yourself. You are a true testament to that love.

Grieving For Pairs Is Not About Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There are those who scold us for our outpouring of grief in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris. They try to make us feel guilty for not demonstrating the same grief over the slaughter in Beirut, Lebanon, just a day earlier, or the massacre in Kenya. Political correctness has no place in matters of the heart.

Who Will Zip Up My Dress Now That I'm A Widow?

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 10.24.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Grief has changed my life forever. I am not the person I was three months ago. What existed in my life before my husband Peter died has been suddenly altered. Nothing is the same, nor will it ever be so. What was important to me before is meaningless now.

A Letter To My Dearly Departed Husband Peter

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 10.11.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

My grief therapist says I should write to you. So I am writing a letter to you like a kid writes to Santa. The letter will never reach its recipient, but the writing is therapeutic. Maybe you will send me a message from the North Pole or wherever you are that you are OK?

The One's That Are Gone

Erin Musto | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Erin Musto

Our amazing people existed and took a piece of our hearts, they helped build us; we are who we are because of what they built and what we lost with them. Grief is a gift most of all because it reminds us that they were here.