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When December Holly Isn't So Jolly

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.19.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

All of your senses are challenged when you're grieving. The world gets paler. Mom's death would have been hard whenever it happened, but the stress and loss seemed amplified by the festivities around me. In a month drenched with music, lights, and reminders to be cheery, it can feel so much harder to just sit with sad feelings and grieve.

How Loss Empowered My Parenting

Ashley Abramson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Ashley Abramson

Self-taught parenting is a wild and unkempt landscape, but in it, the brave can forage beauty.

How A Traumatized 20-Year-Old Copes With Extreme Anxiety

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

Kodie says two years ago, her world collapsed when her grandmother -- her best friend -- died in front of her, and her boyfriend died of a drug overdo...

Finding Love in the Kitchen, All Over Again

Lauren DePino | Posted 12.15.2015 | Good News
Lauren DePino

"You might never find love like that in any relationship again," my therapist said. "The way your grandmother loved you is rare." I sat before her ...

Why I'm Still Heartbroken Over The End Of A Friendship, 20 Years On

Debbie Slevin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

Once upon a time, I had a friend who was very important to me. I actually had two friends who were important. We had been a threesome during much of high school, Annie, Michael and me. Just before we turned 40, Michael, who had been HIV-positive for a number of years, moved into full-blown AIDS.

Doorways to Life

Monique Minahan | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

A few months before my 41-year-old friend Claudine died, leaving behind two small boys and a husband, we attended a Yoga for Cancer workshop together....

The Power of Gratitude in Times of Fear

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 12.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

Gratitude enters in when I step back and realize what occurred is not the sum total of my experience. What I see as a source of grief or loss also contains an opportunity to explore a different way of being in the world. With a shift in perspective, gratitude guides me to create meaning.

Tips for a Less Stressed, More Blessed Holiday Season

Teresa Kindred | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

I visited my daughter the other day and they were decorating for Christmas. The three year old was singing and dancing around her room while my daught...

The Difference Between a Problem and a Problem

Maria Montgomery | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

The more we grow, the bigger our problems get. I remember someone saying that Richard Branson has bigger problems than the average person, because h...

It's Been 3 Years Since My Spouse's Death And I'm Still In Pain

Debbie Weiss | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

In the two and a half years since my husband died, I thought I'd feel better about my life without him. But I don't. Especially during the holiday season when I feel my loss even more piercingly than usual. And having to say that everything's going great just makes it worse.

One Easy Way to Feel Ten Times Better

Julie Morey | Posted 12.08.2015 | Divorce
Julie Morey

The key is that you are not bottling up your emotions, but also not letting them rule you, or run you ragged. You let it out and then when the timer goes off, you get up, take a deep breath and commit to moving forward in a positive, intentional way.

To My Vito, On Our First Sunday Without You

Nicole Skaro | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

Oh my Vito, my amazing Vito. I am not perfect; my past is full of mistakes. Yet I am ever so honored I was able to call you mine for the ever-short time it was.

The Wild Intimacy of Mortality

Courtney Dukelow | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Courtney Dukelow

Yesterday, I turned 40. I had a client come for a healing session and she knew it was my birthday. She was reflecting on this big transition into a ...

Terrorism and the Family -- A Thanksgiving Day Reflection

Marlo Thomas | Posted 11.25.2015 | Home
Marlo Thomas

We work so hard every day to build and sustain a tribe around us -- of relatives, of friends, of colleagues -- that we can't help but feel that unity threatened when a tragedy like Paris occurs.

Surviving the Holidays: A Grieving Mother's Point of View

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

I will live each day to the fullest knowing that tomorrow is promised to no one. I will take no one for granted. I will honor my son by continuing family traditions and remember the love we shared will transcend through the holidays and comfort me the rest of my life. I love you mom, I love you Matt. These last words said are etched forever in my heart.

The Empty Chair At Thanksgiving

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

Our Thanksgiving table is still full of laughter, kindness, smiles and love. We are finding our way by creating new memories, new traditions. Even though you are not part of the new stories, your spirit is always with us.

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

Giving Voice to Grief

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It goes without saying that no two people grieve in the same way. Everyone's needs are different at a time of loss, as are everyone's emotions. But in giving voice to one's own grief, others who have not been given the chance to express themselves can likewise find their voice.

Holidays Can Be Tough -- My Father Died on Thanksgiving Day

Laura Landgraf | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Landgraf

Dad died Thanksgiving morning several years ago. To write "dad died" unleashes a snarl of tangled emotions. Love, loss, wishful thinking, anger, "if o...

A Holiday Love Letter to the Newly Bereaved From Suicide Loss

Josh Rivedal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

You might be exactly where I was six years ago after I lost my father to suicide. It's your first Thanksgiving without your wife, your son, your uncle...

5 Ways to Find Yourself When Life Becomes a Storm

Michelle Schroer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Schroer

It is possible to find yourself again and rekindle your joy when life takes a detour. Above all, it's a chance to shed unwanted layers, let go of what no longer serves you, and highlight the things that truly make you happy. Life ending up in a different place than you ever imagined can have a happy ending!

What No One Told Me About Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

No one told me that the losing wasn't the hard part. It was the living day after day with loss.

What To Do When You See Your Dead Friend In The Produce Department

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

What is the protocol? How do we move forward when someone we loved but have lost is still around? I've seen these things turn ugly; I'm sure I've even been involved in ugly. It's hard to get to this stage in life and not have people come in and out of your life.

The Day My Husband Received His New Lungs

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

On the cusp of the Season of Giving, I thought about writing a very profound and poetic post about my husband's miraculous double lung transplant in September 2013 ... but instead, I think I will skip the poetry and say it straight.

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.