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Loss of a Spouse

Suddenly Single: 7 Inspiring Stories of Women Thriving After a Loss

Jacqueline Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Jacqueline Miller

On Super Bowl Sunday 2002, my husband didn't wake up. He died of a heart attack in his sleep. I was devastated. I became a suddenly single mom, left to raise my six-year-old and eleven-year-old sons, while managing a demanding career.

It's Been 3 Months Since My Spouse's Death And I'm Still Not Doing Well

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

After months people chirp at me that I am 'out and about and doing so well.' In their minds it seems to be a positive. In truth, I might smile, but inside, I am woefully unhappy. I am doing 'well' on the outside but on the inside, I feel the pain even more because the shock has worn off and the reality has hit.

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?

I Lost My Spouse A Month Ago And The Pain Is Unimaginable

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

One month ago, Peter, my husband of 47 years, died of a heart attack. When you lose a parent, you have siblings or family members to comfort you. When you lose a spouse, you lose your life partner and are alone. The hardest thing about grief is to see life going on.

How This 55-Year-Old Widow Is Creating A Fulfilling New Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.25.2015 | Fifty

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 r...

Losing The Love Of My Life

Barbara Ehrentreu | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Ehrentreu

Hal was my rock and my lover as well as my best friend. I couldn't imagine life without him and though our marriage was not ideal, he loved me and ...

The 2-Minute Phone Call That Changed My Life Forever

Honey Good | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I lost my husband and my daughters lost their devoted father in a short two-minute telephone conversation. The next few days were a blur.

La Belle Indifference

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Nancy Doyle Palmer

In my husband's final days, the young man I married came back --he became thin again, his face unlined, an innocence of intent and heart restored as he became increasingly both less and more himself.

Brown-Eyed Boy

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Michelle E. Steinke

Widowhood is full of mixed emotions. On any given day the same situation can hit me a hundred different ways.

Venting My Grief Can Be So Satisfying

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 07.05.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

We talked of holidays and the ache of getting through them without the one who has been by our side for so long. And we talked of traveling, alone, to places new and places familiar.

Why Brides and Grooms Need to Take 'Til Death Do Us Part' More Seriously -- A Love Story

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.22.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I truly wonder if they have really thought through the step they're in the process of taking. Vowing to "learn to cook" or 'try skydiving' isn't what marriage is about, folks. It's about sticking together through financial problems, family problems and health challenges... 'til death do us part.'

Are You Grieving 'Right'? What's Right, What's 'Wrong'... And WTF?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I have always taken great umbrage at anyone criticizing, questioning or opining on how the widowed handle their grief and their highly individual and intensely personal healing journeys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

The Real Difference Between Death And Divorce

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.24.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Be it biblical or folk; fictional or popular, history in all of its forms has certainly had its share of classic struggles and conflicts: David vs. Goliath; the Hatfields vs. McCoys; Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs; Ginger vs. MaryAnn; the Dallas Cowboys vs. Just About Any Other Team In The NFL and of course, My Hair vs. Humidity. Today, we look at yet another epic 'struggle' and conflict with which countless have taken serious issue.

Newton's Third Law of Grieving

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 04.26.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Everywhere I look I see evidence of my past life with Rob, of who I was and where I was going. I can not see beyond it.

Freedom Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be Now That I'm A Widow

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

This past weekend was jam packed, again, still. A combination of my need to keep busy and the freedom to actually be able to get out. But obviously that freedom comes at a high price.

How Can We Really Help Our Children With Loss?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Wakes, funerals and shivas are traditions for family to receive friends so they can say goodbye. And when they are over, what remains is a profoundly quiet, difficult road with no road map.

Grief, Tears, Laughter: First Thanksgiving After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Every way I turn, people and articles are warning me about the holidays. Is this the first Thanksgiving I will be experiencing -- celebrating? living through? -- alone, since my husband Robert died two months ago after a two-year battle with cancer.

Grief, Tears, Laughter: Coming to Terms With the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

We fell in love in high school and married in college 42 years ago. Now I'm struggling to understand what this means. What being alone means. How to wake up each day without him next to me.

Why You Have To Actively Choose To Be Happy

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to your last week of Bereavement Boot Camp. I hope that it has been a wonderful period of growth, discovery... and perhaps just a little bit of anticipation for the future. As we wrap up Boot Camp, I want to share a brief story that I hope you will take into your heart and incorporate into your Healing Journey -- remembering your past, embracing your today and looking to your future.

10 Things Not to Say to a New Widow

Sandra Walker | Posted 11.03.2013 | Women
Sandra Walker

We feel the need to say something, to acknowledge what has happened. Because dealing with death is awkward and uncomfortable, sometimes, people will say some strange things.

'We Are Constantly Surrounded By Negativity'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Four of Bereavement Boot Camp. We are now at the halfway point, which is when people will usually do one of two things; either give up out of frustration or dig in with even more determination. Now is not the time to quit!

Why Time Alone Can't Heal All Wounds

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week Three of Bereavement Boot Camp. This week, we are going to take an honest look at how proactive you have really been on your Healing Journey, regardless of the kind of loss from which you are recovering or when that journey began for you. Remember that as with any part of Boot Camp, this only works if you are honest with you.

The One Thing You Should Never Say To The Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Although it may be tempting to do otherwise, do not choose to dwell on the unfairness of your widowhood. The unfairness is a given, however dwelling on the unfairness will not take you in the healing direction that you wish to travel.

It's OK: 36 Things Widowers Can Do Without Guilt

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Sometimes all we need is for just one person who has walked the same path to quietly and gently say, "It really is OK..."