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I Lost My Baby Just Weeks Before He Should Have Been Born

Catherine Kelly | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Catherine Kelly

What I have learned from this horrific loss is that I am stronger than I ever knew. I have learned not to take life for granted, and that every moment with loved ones is a gift.

How To Thrive and Live a Fulfilling Life After Loss

Irina Jordan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Irina Jordan

Happiness is a habit, not a decision. Just like fitness, you have to work on it. Find a beautiful journal and write what you are grateful for each and every day.

Parenting While Coping With the Loss of a Parent

Amy Heinz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I'm unprepared to be a mom who no longer has a dad. But that's who I am. So instead of looking to my dad for advice, I'm looking for signs of him as inspiration

Smiling and Climbing: In Tribute to Joe Gold

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Are you smiling and climbing? This week, our community celebrated the life of Joe Gold, t. His eulogy serves as a source of inspiration for each of ...

Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

A Lifetime Ago, Yesterday

Les Trent | Posted 01.04.2015 | Fifty
Les Trent

He died a few months ago. Or was it years? Or yesterday? Death is strange like that. Time bending really. His voice is so clear to me, it's as if we just got off the phone.

When Life Feels Grueling, Find the Grace

Nancy Sharp | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Sharp

If we're lucky, we're thrown one curveball at a time. But that's seldom the case, and in fact, sometimes in our despair over one unlucky turn, we wind up creating others. Like an unstoppable chain reaction.

Cleaning Out a Deceased Loved One's Closet: 12 Tips to Make the Process a Little Easier

Gloria Horsley | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Gloria Horsley

Regardless of how well you prepare, cleaning out a deceased loved one's home, bedroom, or even closet ranks among life's most stressful experiences. It may be many months before you are emotionally ready to tackle the project.

Life After Losing a Baby: Kate's Story

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

October is infant and pregnancy loss remembrance month, a time every year I reflect upon my life after loss.

How To Survive A Suicide

Alex Lawrence | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Lawrence

tell myself that while my feelings of anger, guilt, and selfishness are normal, they aren't where I should live my life. I love her. And that's enough. Love is always enough. It's a lesson that will probably take another 10 years to just begin to understand. So for now, when I hear those words, I'm ready to start accepting it for what it is, an act of grace and love.

Why This Happily Married Woman's First Love Is Still So Unforgettable

Debora L. Spar | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Debora L. Spar

There are some relationships that don't really have a name. Like the third cousin who's actually more like a sister since your great grandmother raised her mother and you live next door to each other on the Upper West Side. Or the very nice couple whose equally nice daughter has been dating your son for two years. Ours was that kind of relationship.

Yagana Shah

The Way This Widower Keeps His Wife's Memory Alive Will Melt Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty

It's never easy dining out alone -- but one man has found the perfect, sweetest way to ensure he never feels lonely. Twitter user Madina Bashizadah...

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

What I Wonder Now About My Son Who Passed Away

Anna Whiston-Donaldson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Anna Whiston-Donaldson

It's tempting when children die to turn them into little saints, because their beautiful qualities shine so brightly in our memories through the lens of our intense longing. In downplaying their humanity, however, we can sometimes deprive them of their full personhood.

Confronting Loss: FDR Versus Dr. Eziekiel J. Emanuel

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

I am a highly engaged 76 year-old man, and extremely proud of it! But then according to Dr. Emanuel, I'm just an "outlier." I'm among the small numbers of "senior citizens" who are still creative well into old age.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

The Day My Life Changed Forever

Deborah Cruz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

I could not say it out loud because then it would be real and then my baby would be dead. The promise of our baby would be broken. Life would be different. I would be different. It would all be less. I would never get to hold my baby in my arms because my baby was gone.

Free Cancer Retreats: Altruism Lives in Harmony Hill

Judy Silk | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Judy Silk

From the moment I set foot in the great lodge, I felt like a cradled soul. The counselors and house Moms took my symbolic hand and led me. Over the course of three days, I joined with other people who had lost their spouses.

Yahrzeit -- Remembering What We Have Lost

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Andy Schmookler

It is the morning of October 3rd. As I have for the past more than forty October 3rds, I take from the cupboard a special kind of candle and light it. As I do so, I think about my father.

Losing a Child Without Losing Your Mind

Jonni Gray | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonni Gray

When the unthinkable happens, the first impulse is to believe that all is lost. When we lose our parents, we feel as though we've lost a big part of our past. When we lose a child -- especially our only child -- we feel as though we've lost our future.

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.

Ode: To All Of It

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

He was like a guardian unto me. His grey fedora the rim of my world, smiling down all around me, bobbing up down on his fat knees. He was a dancer actually, and quite a good one at that too.

My Brother's Keeper

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I begged him to stop and kept him on the line until he promised he wouldn't do it. "I'll call you back. I love you," he said, hanging up. I believed him. When I learned that he had died, the call haunted me.

Lights Go on Part XXII: Loss

Thomas Bähler | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Recently thoughts about about loss began to rise from within... I have lived life, I imagine, like most of us. Periods of expansion. Periods of con...

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.