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Losing a Parent

Holidays Were Always Tough Without My Dad, But I Still Had My Mama

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women
Susannah Lewis

The Christmas after my father passed away was just as heartbreaking as Thanksgiving. Mama tried to make up for his absence by buying me two "big gifts" instead of only one. There was still a void, but we managed to celebrate and tis the season to be merry. His absence was always painful, but it became normal.

On Losing A Parent In Your 20s

Jared Lowe | Posted 11.09.2015 | Black Voices
Jared Lowe

There's no instructional guide on how to deal with the death of a parent -- especially when it's unexpected and in your 20s.

When Motherhood Is A Mirror

Jessica Wolstenholm | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents
Jessica Wolstenholm

My voice is a mirror of my mother's, and so is my face. I've heard others remark that the resemblance is uncanny. I look just like her when she was my age. I often gaze at photos of her later in life, peering into my future face.

How To Cope With Grief And Loss When You're Highly Sensitive

Tree Franklyn | Posted 09.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tree Franklyn

When something as sweeping as death happens, it's easy to lose your balance and get lost in the swirling vortex of heightened emotions inside and outside you.

10 Things That Changed Me After the Death of a Parent

Lisa Schmidt | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women
Lisa Schmidt

I don't think there is anything that can prepare you to lose a parent. It is a larger blow in adulthood I believe, because you are at the point where you are actually friends with your mother or father.

Unhappy Father's Day?

Kevin A. Hansen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Kevin A. Hansen

Father's Day can be the most difficult time of the year for children who have lost their father - especially when Mom has moved on before the children are ready. Many fans of the project have anonymously confessed their regrets about dealing with the loss of a father.

What The Internet Meant To Me After The Death Of My Father, David Carr

Glamour | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women

The Internet can be intrusive, yes, but it can also be a voice of comfort -- and, in my case, a close friend leaning in to whisper, "You know how you thought your dad was the greatest guy in the world? You were right. Let me tell you why."

The Mystique Of My Mom

Allie Smith | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Allie Smith

You sure didn't cry very much, which still baffles me. Maybe you saved it for when we were asleep? Mom, I cry all the time, from happiness, frustration, exhaustion, grief and TV.

A Daughter's Grief

Zariya Shouler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Zariya Shouler

I am deeply thankful for the time we had together. I am grateful to have had such a mother and I am privileged to have known her.

Why I Still Wear My Mother's Robe 3 Years After Her Death

Michelle Frost | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Frost

My mother died three years ago. Every morning I wake up, and without thinking I put on her robe. Of all the precious things she gave me; a sense of humor, a love of Mondays, her favorite ring and her golf shoes, it is her robe I love the most. It is soft, pink, and what was.

How Taylor Swift's Music Helped Me When My Mom Died

Fallon Wilson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Teen
Fallon Wilson

The past six years have proven that Taylor and her music would always be there for me, whether I am having the best day of my life or the absolute worst.

My Sweetest Songs

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

It's war torn and sepia-colored now, parchment like, but the little scrap of paper containing this verse has long been a treasure of mine, a template for any poem I write.

For My Dad

Randi Miller | Posted 11.03.2014 | DC
Randi Miller

My dad was not superhuman. He was just a man who was operating with the tools he was given by his own life experience. What a cool guy he ended up being, once I opened my eyes, and how grateful I am to have taken the time to get to know him.

What it's Like Pocket-Dialing a Dead Parent and Being Emotionally Triggered by Five Guys

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 09.07.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Death is kind of like a bad break-up. There's a lot of ugly crying, fetal position dry heaves, binge drinking and subsequent after-hours spent reaching for the phone. The only difference is that, this time, there's no chance of reconcile.

The World Cup Is More Than Just Soccer, It's A Reminder My Dad Once Lived Here

Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Taryn Hillin

It's hard for me to remember my dad before the hospitals, the psychiatric wards, the 911 calls and hospice care. He was sick for so long, it feels like he was always that way. But there are moments that are clear to me and that Germany-USA match is one of them.

The Words That Changed My Life After My Mom Died

Erin Whitten | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen
Erin Whitten

When people ask me why I have so much drive and passion for success, there is only one person's name I respond with: Michelle. Michelle was my best friend. She was my mother.

My First Father's Day Without Dad

Susan Vernicek | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Susan Vernicek

I lay in bed at night thinking of my dad and how each day I feel is getting to be too "normal and routine."

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

Mom and Me

Michelle Madison | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Madison

I have learned that life's struggles are meant to be shared and not carried alone. I have learned that you don't wait to say "I love you" until the person is sick or dying; you say it every day. You make sure the people in your life know how important they are to you.

What I Want My Kids To Know About My Long-Gone Mom

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

I lost my mother and very best friend in 1996, when I was 33 years old. In some ways I miss her more now than I did all those years ago.

A Prayer for Dad

Talia Weisberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Talia Weisberg

Saying Kaddish showed me that I can assert my voice in religious spaces, something that I had never tried to do before. It showed my community that I am a full member, despite being a girl, dedicated to Judaism and its dictates.

The Road to Everywhere: Why You Can't Put Off That Trip Any Longer

Mikah Meyer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Mikah Meyer

I didn't exactly know what to do with my dad's Elantra. So I drove. I got in the car and took my first independent road trip. It was the only thing I could do to both honor my dad and escape the overwhelming pain and death at home.

What It's Like To Lose A Parent

Susannah Keogh | Posted 05.03.2014 | Teen
Susannah Keogh

Last month, I turned 18. Every friend and member of my family was there to celebrate this milestone with me except one person: my father.

Finding Hope After

Jennifer White | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

I looked at pictures of the two of us and asked her. "What can I do to remember you? It feels like the world has just moved on and I'm supposed to go with it and I...can't."

One Thing I'll Never Be Able To Give My Daughters -- And What I Can Do Instead

Alexis Castellano | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

My daughters are still so young. Their greatest concerns are about wearing a dress with tights to school vs. leggings and a sparkly shirt. They'd like to string beads on a necklace, but they can't decide between pink and purple or green and blue. Please, can I just press pause?