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6 Ways To Overcome A Life Challenge

Mary Holloway | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Holloway

Whether you're still in the midst of the storm or idling in the aftermath, the truth is that you have to reach down and make the decision that although you may have had no control over what happened to you, you do have control over how you respond and move forward. These six tips will help start you on that journey...

On Loving A Man With 'Tough, Gnarled, Gentle Hands'

Shannon Lell | Posted 04.30.2015 | Divorce
Shannon Lell

I cry when I remember that one morning when he took his right hand in my left, and his left around my waist, and slow danced in my kitchen to silence after I'd just spent several minutes raging over an angry email from my ex. Now, all I can think about is how those rough hands softened me time and time again.

On Losing a Friend

Robin Hall | Posted 04.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robin Hall

Our Meeting I recently lost a friend of mine. We met under slightly unusual circumstances. We had just finished moving. A street lamp cast a lazy, h...

What I Learned From My Son After The Death Of Our Dog

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Thorin made accommodations for his friend's fragility. The forts he built for the two of them now had a cushy bed for Walt. He understood Walt could no longer jump up on his bed, needing to sleep on the floor instead.

Father Shares How His Family Came Together After Gutting Loss

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Eli Bendet-Taicher

When we opened the real-life memory box sent by the hospital team who took care of Isli during the last days of her short life, Ido and I finally had the chance to grieve together. Even though we knew what would be in there, and the box lived in a closet that we opened daily, we still couldn't go through with opening it for more than a year.

The Clothes That Hid My Loss

Katia Bishops | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Katia Bishops

I remember everything I wore. The unfathomable dichotomy between inside and out. I was wearing my optimism dress leaving the fertility clinic that morning, carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders and a huge question mark in my belly.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

The Love Stories of 'Toy Story'

Eric W. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

In the Toy Story films, the primary personal relationship on display is friendship. And yet, although the films are not romances, there are more realistic representations of romantic love threaded through the three movies than you'll find in a multiplex full of romantic comedies.

Gratitude And Grief

Owen Griffith | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Owen Griffith

In my life, one of the people I am most grateful for is my oldest brother Steve. Steve was a musician, a naturalist and poet. He taught me how to play guitar, took me back-packing, encouraged me to read great literature, like Moby Dick, and inspired me to write.

Transitions Are Painful -- Six Steps to Make Them Glorious

Marilyn Tam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

The best way to honor the transition and move on with inner peace is to give thanks. Yes. Give thanks for the pain, physical, emotional or financial challenge that may seem to be unending; it will end. Acknowledge the reasons for the grief, uncover the lessons/benefits in them.

April Cruelty

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Ann V. Klotz

I didn't want the girls to worry about me, just to understand that grief spools out, that it's a rare day that I do not think about this young woman so many people loved and feel an ache. I want them to know that we are allowed to be sad, that feelings ebb and flow forever.

Life After Death: A Widow In The World

Melissa Gould | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I am definitely a blank screen for everyone's projections. Lots of people need me to be OK. Some need me to be sad -- aren't all widows supposed to be sad? Others seem happy for my happiness, although slightly bewildered -- are widows supposed to be happy?!

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems From The First Year Without My Father By Bryan Borland

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

There is a distinct pleasure in rediscovering a favorite book. There is both familiarity and newness. We read words we've read before, and yet we re...

On Experiencing The 5 Stages Of Grief And Loss After Divorce

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 04.07.2015 | Divorce
Jenny Kanevsky

We loved each other once, my soon-to-be-ex and I. We had wonderful times together. We traveled; we laughed; we made a family. It's OK to cry, it's OK to be sad and to talk about it and to ask for a hug. So, when I need to cry, I just let it out.

Dragonfly Project

Amanda Gore | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

In the bottom of the old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their groups ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lil...

8 Tips for Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

To make room for loss, do what you can to open your heart and breathe the breath of life. The more you fill your heart with love and appreciation, the more space you make for healing and growth. Here are eight ideas:

How to Lose Hope (And How to Find It in a Sandwich)

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Jankowski

You will find one small sliver of hope. Not the hope you lost, not the one that was missing. But something more durable and easier to hold on to---a hope that was given, with the sole purpose of having it be found.

To My Friend Who Lost Her Teenage Daughter

Abby Pingree | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Abby Pingree

She lives on in all of us, but mostly she lives on in you.

The Trauma of Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Adoption

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Disgrace for being pregnant outside of marriage is no longer an American issue, yet we lack social supports such as affordable day care to level the playing field, allowing less-than-affluent women and their children to remain together.

On Losing a Friend to Suicide and Learning to Understand Depression

Talia Lavin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Talia Lavin

I have come to hate depression as fervently as anyone has ever hated cancer, or AIDS, or any of the other scourges that take our loved ones from us. Over the five years I knew her, I watched it slowly devour my friend.

Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

Gloria Horsley | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in nort...

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

5 Ways to Actually Help Someone Dealing With Loss

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie McKinnon

My experience of losing my 5-week-old son to SIDS has taught me a few things about how to help other people who are dealing with loss of any kind. I've come up with a list of the best ways to really help someone in the emotionally taxing situation of losing a loved one, in hopes of helping you navigate those complicated waters.

Dear Childless Mother

Christine Carter | Posted 03.18.2015 | Women
Christine Carter

I long for you to truly understand that you are NOT a failure, and not less than a woman, you are more than a mother than I could ever be.

When A Brother Dies

Judith Newton | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Judith Newton

Two years ago, in March, my younger brother died, quite unexpectedly. He'd been my only sibling and, both of our parents being gone, the only other person in my original family. His daughter had asked my daughter to tell me the news.