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5 Ways Dwelling On The Negative Affects Your Well-Being

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

While it is natural to reflect on upsetting experiences, brooding involves replaying the same scenes in your mind and reliving the emotional distress you felt at the time. Once you are in the habit of ruminating, the urge to brood can be easy to trigger and difficult to ignore.

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.

What I Would Do If I Could Rewrite My Family's History

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Fifty
John Duffy, Psy.D.

Today is my father's birthday. He would have turned 84 years old today, had he survived beyond the way-too-impossibly-young age of 68. Though it's closing in on two decades since I last shared my day with him, road-tripped with him, or swam with him out to that little sand bar in the Gulf of Mexico, I can still hear his voice.

The Freedom of Letting Go

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.09.2014 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

I know it's a little nuts to equate the end of a marriage to the end of slavery and it's certainly an exaggeration, but like many marriages, it started to feel like we were wandering in the desert with no hope of a promised land.

The Big Picture: Perspective Is Everything

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

My sister Ann passed away, without warning, on the morning of Oct. 9, 2008. An undiagnosed heart condition, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, took her life. How could that be?

Sharing Grief, Community Service and Living in the Gray Space

Jennifer White | Posted 06.02.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

Grieving can be an isolating and confusing journey. Sometimes seeing other people grieve and sharing experiences with them can be just the thing we need to clarify our own feelings.

3 Keys to Empowerment While Grieving

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Berrien

To have loss is to be human. With each loss, we add on to our layers of experience. We always hold the ability to honor our losses with grace and dignity. There is nothing weak or small about this journey

The One Thing You Should Never Ever Say To The Widowed

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

As defined by virtually every dictionary in every language, "ex" means former. The death of a spouse or partner does not nullify a marriage or relationship -- that sort of nullification involves a divorce or a breakup. I assure you that when it comes to widowhood, no one left the marriage willingly

Finding Love in a Hopeless Place

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

This is the key to understanding the meaning of both life and death: that we are here precisely to find love in all the hopeless places. And the secret is that the love is already here and everywhere -- we only need to see it.

How Arianna Huffington Unexpectedly Found Wonder In Her Mother's Death

Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

Many people devote their lives to living well, but how many consider how to die well? Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive: The Third Metric to Red...

It Doesn't Matter What You Say: Lessons Learned from Maya Angelou and Pema Chodron

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

I learned that life isn't about how much money you earn. It isn't about your status, how many houses and cars you own. It is about how you roll when life hands you challenges -- because it will. Trust me.

Something From Nothing: Getting Through My Grief

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Though Mom will never again be with me physically and I will never again open a present from her on a special holiday, I have received the most important gift she could ever give me: the ability to cherish what really matters in life, to find the hidden beauty in everything, to make something from nothing.

Being Human

Christine Hoh | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hoh

Natural disasters, accidents, unexpected death, illnesses and financial loss: these are merely only few things that can cause you pain. Recently, some...

Learning to Live With Loss (Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Sara Hurwitz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Sara Hurwitz

We cannot hide from reality forever. We cannot occupy the role of Yosef Ha-Kohen indefinitely. For some, the veil behind which they stand might be the law, but for others it could be any number of behaviors.

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.

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

Divorce Sucks and Life Goes On

Peggy Nolan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Divorce
Peggy Nolan

Turbulence. That's what if feels like on the inside, only the turbulence is a heart quake that can't be measured in terms of devastating impact.

Pain Is Not Redeemed by Art: Grief, Loss and Creative Practice

Megan Devine | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I've been a writer all my life, and a visual artist, too. When I was in private practice, I used creative tools with my psychotherapy clients, drawing...

The Unexpected Poignance of Google Maps

Dale Keiger | Posted 05.14.2014 | DC
Dale Keiger

We casually speak of things as possessing digital immortality in cyberspace. Not true. The lives of the people we love disappear from there, too.

I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

7 Ways to Overcome Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

We naturally want to regain the things or people we've lost. But there's a fine line between doing your part and pushing fate.

Divorce Confidential: Managing Your Emotions During A Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Can someone say "social media" as the new therapeutic emotional outlet?

A Letter to People in Pain: The Early Days of Grief Are a World of Their Own

Megan Devine | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

If you're here, in the early days, and the universe has just split open and everything has changed, I'm sorry you're here. Others have come before you, but that doesn't really matter now.

My Cup Runneth Over With Just Enough

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

While we do this deep dive and soul search, we also hold onto the love and support we receive, the wonderful and healing love and support of family, friends and community and, ultimately, the sweet love of our child. We learn that as we keep our hearts open, our hearts receive all of this love.

Our Subjects Pick Us: Cynthia Atkins Talks About Love, Loss and Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

For me, writing, art, and music are sanctuary. It is the place I go to ask the questions. There are not always answers, but there is comfort and growth in re-shaping experience into the archive of language, where I can ponder and examine it.