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On Grief, Grieving, Rebounds and the Like

Joe Peacock | Posted 10.28.2013 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

Everyone knows that when someone (or something) important leaves your life, it hurts. And everyone talks about how that leaves a void in your life.

A Mental Health Moment After the Trial

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

It's good to rally and march; coming together for a common cause can be mentally and emotionally healing. But right now, I do not want to be approached by anyone who does not look like me to discuss the verdict.

Three Years Later

Robyn Stoller | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Robyn Stoller

Whenever there is an issue with one of our children, I will always wonder if it has something to do with the fact that they lost their father. Although I will never truly know if this is the reason behind certain circumstances, I've learned to realize that the answer doesn't really matter.

The Last Days With My Beautiful Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

I had told you this every day of your life, and I had to say it again, right at that moment: "Natasha, I love you so, so much. Love you so much. Always."

Losing My Religion

Julie Gray | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

Know that someone who is feeling suicidal is not thinking straight right now; their judgment is very impaired. They have a condition that medication and therapy can and will help and it won't take long until they begin to again feel hopeful.

What to Say to Yourself (And Those You Love) When the Worst-Case Scenario Comes True

Alexandra Franzen | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Franzen

What do you say to console someone who has seen the ugliest side of humanity? Who has faced their worst nightmare? Who has lost everything? What do you say to comfort yourself? I'm not an expert on grief and loss, but fortunately, I happen to know one.

Creative Ways Of Letting Go

Cheryl Kain | Posted 08.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Kain

This type of "echo writing," as I call it, works for all kinds of losses. Whether you are grieving a person, beloved pet, health, job or even a cherished dream, writing to whom or what you have let go of, and hearing back from "them" hits a sweet spot in the heart.

The Loss of a Father

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Gina Barreca

What I carry from him, like coins in my pocket against the poverty of his loss, is an understanding that all any of us has is whatever is left of the day. And I make the most of it, hay while the sun shines, and I raise a toast to life.

Grief Differs From Depression: Our Mental Health Guidelines Should Clarify, Not Distort

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

By removing the "bereavement exclusion" from what had been considered the bible of the mental health world, the DSM's editors risk undermining bereavement as a universal, normal, if profoundly painful, experience.

Do We Love Our Pets More Than Our Children?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

So why do we love our pets so much? Let me answer as a dog owner, even though this list may attest to cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, horse, chickens or whatever other pet an owner may share his or her life with.

Why There Is No Such Thing As 'Getting Over' Your Spouse's Death

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Sometimes I feel really sorry for my family. They are the unfortunate souls who have to listen to my bellyaching on any given day.

How To Remember Mom On Mother's Day

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Never an easy lesson of life, loss is experienced by all. And for those of us who have lost a loved one, certain holidays can become excruciating reminders of the persons we so dearly miss.

10 Tips on Dealing with Late-Stage Illness and Death

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Based on my years treating patients who have dealt with the loss of a loved one and my personal experience with my husband's death, I know there are many complicated emotions that one can experience when dealing with late-stage illness and death.

Mother's Day: Lessons From a Year of Hell

Randy Taran | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

This Mother's Day has given me a new perspective on the stages of life, the inner strength that can be called upon even in the toughest of times, and most importantly, the enduring power of love.

Anywhere But Here: The Vagaries of Grief

Julie Gray | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

You can't outrun grief, I'll tell you that for sure. It is an inconvenient truth if ever there was one. Is it better today than it was three years ago when I got that nightmarish, surreal phone call?

Letting Go: A Series

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

"Letting Go: A Series" The books on my bookshelf represent my passions and dreams books read and unread centering clay button history diagnostic man...

5 Techniques To Help Grievers Shift Perspective

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Memories are like gold nuggets, nuggets with sharp edges that eventually wear smooth. During the first year or two of grief, memories may be painful, only highlighting the loved one's absence. However, over time, a shift begins to occur.

The Power of Time Off

Ashley Turner | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Turner

This week's vlog is about the difference between Chairos and Chronos, the importance of giving yourself permission to do less (or nothing at all) and the power of taking time off.

Parents Of Martin Richard Facing Grief That 'Never Ends' | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents

When it was revealed Monday that 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Aren Almon Kok felt an immediate, sickening tightness in her gut. She's never met the Richard family and lives nearly 2,000 miles away.

8 Ways To Cope With The Boston Marathon Tragedy

Dani Meier | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dani Meier

How do we wake to a new day and move forward? What do we say to ourselves, to each other, to our children? Sadly, no explanation can make sense of this mindless devastation. Nonetheless, there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and to take care of each other.

The Inconsolable Loss: Facing the Death of a Twin

Mary Rockefeller Morgan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
Mary Rockefeller Morgan

Grieving and healing from any twin loss must begin with a search for an individual identity in order for the twinless one to feel safe enough to acknowledge and integrate the experience of the death of their twin and the severance of the twin bond.

Blessed Are They Who Mourn

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

It is clear that I must now make a new home for myself within my own heart. There I must create a door that is always open, a light that burns eternally, a spark that cherishes my name, and a blessing of continual self-forgiveness.

A Beautiful Death

Lauren Cahn | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I can't say that my father was ready for death or that any of us was ready for him to go. But I believe that thanks to hospice care, and some miracle of timing and life force and will that I will never quite understand, my dad's death was as beautiful as a death can be.

Living With My Mother's Death

Next Avenue | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Peter Gerstenzang Everyone thought I was handling it well, staying strong. Everyone was wrong. It was hardly an h...

Defending Against Loss

Tara Brach | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

By opening to his own grief instead of armoring himself with anger, Justin was finally able to start the healing process. His grief had never gone away; it had just been hidden. Once he was willing to open to it and feel it, his own sorrow could show him the way home to peace.