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Braving the Holidays After the Trauma of Suicide

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

In the two years since Jim's passing, I've learned a few things. When it comes to suicide, there's no rulebook. By sharing our stories we can help each other heal and navigate the trickier times, like holidays. Here are five truths I've found useful at Christmas and throughout the year.

A Letter To My Dad On My Wedding Day, Two Years After He Died

Jordyn Goodman | Posted 12.23.2016 | Weddings
Jordyn Goodman

My wedding weekend is here, and I don't think it has really truly hit me yet that you won't be there. I've been through all the emotions and motions without you, yet two years later it still isn't real. It is actually less real than the day you left us.

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

Ken Fong | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
Ken Fong

It's now been twenty years since I became senior pastor of the church that stayed put. During the past two decades the losses have kept piling up.

6 Ways To Survive The Holidays Without Your Child (Keyword: Survive)

Angela Miller | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Angela Miller

The anxiety of the looming holidays can be downright debilitating. Surviving it can often feel virtually impossible. Just remember, all you have to do is survive, and you get to decide how you'll best do that. Here is what has helped me survive the holidays these past six years as a bereaved parent. Keyword: survive.

Spread Love Around the World

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.22.2016 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

The absence of a Christmas card for my nephew this year leaves a bit of a hole in my heart. I've decided to fill that hole by honoring him in different way.

The Right Book at the Right Time

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

A single book had the power to lift me out of the depths of despair. It felt like Kaui Hart Hemmings had written this book just for me and my best friend. Who knows? What I had found in reading the right book at the right time was indeed possibilities, a promise, and even a prayer.

A Guide To 'Death-Aware' Gifts For The Holidays

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are some "death-aware" gifts that you might consider for various individuals grappling with death and loss this holiday season:

This Is My Fourth Christmas Without My Brother, And I Still Don't Have Grief Figured Out

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I don't think grief ever goes away completely and honestly, I don't want it to. No matter how brief grief graces me with her presence, she always leaves my heart a little softer and puts thing in perspective on what's really important. Maybe it's my brother's way of sending us a Christmas gift to remind us that Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.

Why Is Grief Linked To Shame?

Tim Lawrence | Posted 12.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Tim Lawrence

People believe that grief is an obstacle when it's anything, but instead, grieving is the pilgrimage by which you create the conditions such that you are able to face the inevitable obstacles that arise amid loss.

When a White Christmas Turns Blue: Surviving Grief During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 12.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There may be many reasons to feel stressed during the holidays, but grief brings its own brand of challenges. If you're grieving this year and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

When December Holly Isn't So Jolly

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.18.2016 | 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 12.17.2016 | 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 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

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 12.14.2016 | 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 12.15.2016 | 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 12.14.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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.