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Losing a Parent

A Mother's Tale: Dealing With The Fatherless Child On Father's Day

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

Once again, it was thrust upon us. My sons and I were watching television and soon realized "IT" was going to be part of the storyline. Our lighthear...

Memories and Mindfulness

Susie Wolbe | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Finally, taking the time to pause and really value each of the events that pass our way, rather than just moving mindlessly from one moment to the next, can ensure that we really experience life, instead of failing to see the ties and connections that truly prove the connectedness of us all.

Do We Ever Really Leave the Nest?

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Elizabeth A. Havey

"Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others." -- Virginia Woolf Is that why so many people write memoirs--to hang on to the illu...

To My Friends Who Still Have Their Mothers

Jessica Wolstenholm | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Jessica Wolstenholm

This time last year, I never dreamed I'd spend Mother's Day without my mom. Please, don't let another day slip by without connecting with yours.

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.

Why I Am the Way I Am

Paulette Perhach | Posted 03.24.2016 | Women
Paulette Perhach

Only a month after my dad died,  I realized I'd started to forget little things about him. I wrote my journal then that soon my father would be reduced to a just a feeling I'd miss having. It's been 16 years since March 23, 2000, and I'm trying to feel that feeling I miss having.

What It Is Like To Date A Girl Without A Mother

Jenna Rose Lowthert | Posted 03.16.2016 | Women
Jenna Rose Lowthert

She will act tough, she will pretend she doesn't have emotions. She does. They're tucked away deep down inside her broken heart. Let her know she is meant to be loved and you want to love her.

Everything We Need

Jason Good | Posted 01.28.2016 | Fifty
Jason Good

The home hospice nurse, Maureen, told us not to blame ourselves if we missed Dad's death. She said that terminally ill patients often choose when to die and often do so when they are alone. But Mom and I were not concerned. Dad always wanted us to be together, regardless of circumstance.

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 06.19.2016 | 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 SecretRegrets.com 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 05.20.2016 | Women
Glamour

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 05.05.2016 | 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."