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Widower Devastated After Phone Company Wipes Last Recording Of Wife's Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty

After losing his wife, Ruby, in 2003 to cancer, Stan Beaton held on to a voicemail greeting to keep her memory alive. But the recording he'd cherished...

Little Brothers Aren't Supposed To Die

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Nicole Jankowski

Little brothers aren't supposed to die. This is something you know as a child without someone telling you. Little brothers, the ones who are a foot taller than you and who smile with their eyes, do not die at age 30. But heroin addicts do.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

This Is What Grief And Loss Feel Like

Susanna Sung | Posted 03.07.2015 | Divorce
Susanna Sung

Grief is not sadness. I get sad when I break a nail, or when the shoe I want is not available in my size. I get sad when someone calls my son a wimp. But this feels different. Grief is so much more complex.

Is Recovery Just a Never Ending To-Do List?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

As I let go of my 2014 and set my intentions (rather than resolutions) for 2015, I am reminded that part of my work always is my recovery. For me, it ...

How One Mom Is Helping Prevent Stillbirths in 2015

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Although our family will never be complete without Harper, I am grateful each and every day for the gift of our daughter. Every time I get to tell someone how to "Count the Kicks," I do it in honor of her. I hope she's proud of her mommy.

A Legacy of Loss

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Michelle Hanson

My father died when I was 16. I do not know what he would have thought of my prom gown, or if he would have handed me his handkerchief on my wedding day. I do not know if my mother would have approved of my college major or how I handled the stressors of my first job.

My Son Is a Loser (and So Am I)

Doug Gertner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Doug Gertner

My son is, and has long been, a loser. This simple teenage truth became comically clear about this time last year and remains true to this day. The mystery also remains, "Why can't my son keep track of his things?"

Anne Serling Shares Memories of Her Iconic Father

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jill Rachel Jacobs

For fans of "The Twilight Zone," Rod Serling was the cool, dark-haired, tight-jawed narrator with the distinctive voice, who took viewers on a suspenseful guided tour into another dimension, during the Golden Age of television. To Anne Serling, he was "Dad."

5 Tips for Missing Someone During the Holidays

Ross Szabo | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Ross Szabo

At the time my brother was gone, I was the only person I knew who had a situation like this. Knowing he was alive and choosing not to talk to me was devastating, but it also gave me hope. As I got older I realized this was really common for a lot of people.

Remembering Those We've Lost

Mary E. Graham | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary E. Graham

I stood in the cold wind, listening to this woman's stories of her husband, of her life, and of her loss. And I was so moved by her.

When the Holidays Hurt: 'Tis the Season... to Pretend There's No Season at All

Ravishly | Posted 02.21.2015 | HuffPost Home
Ravishly

Listen. I'm not one to ever come out against presents. I love sea turtle calendars just as much, if not more than the average person, but I really need society to get the hell away from me with this whole "let's be jolly" thing.

The Semantics

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I chose the term childfree over childless for the subtitle because I am not less of anything. I am not missing anything. I am not less of a woman because I cannot be a mother in the traditional sense.

The Nine of 2014

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Glenn Rockowitz

I watched nine people die this year. Nine people who weren't news stories or dots connected by degrees of separation. Nine people who weren't just friends of friends of friends. They were people I loved.

When A Friendship Dies...

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Dawn Q Landau

t's easy to hold people at a distance when you feel like your life is just the way it should be, and miss out on new, rich relationships that you might never have considered otherwise.

Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Ambiguous Loss

Tara Hedman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

Ambiguous losses are complicated when it comes to acknowledging grief. All forms of grief can be dizzyingly painful. However, the emotions associated with ambiguous loss are often tricky to name.

Mourning What Should Have Been

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we must figure out how we can we give ourselves, and others, permission to mourn their should have beens. Can we give ourselves, and others, permission to feel it all -- the blessings, the lucky, the anger, the sadness, the guilt, and even, the shame?

The 5 Faults With Forgiveness

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The reality is, in being human we go through pains that are not excusable, justifiable or reconcilable. Yet we are taught if we do not forgive that we are, now, also immoral and doomed to live in some sort of an emotional prison of hatred and resentment.

Why I Still Wear My Mother's Robe 3 Years After Her Death

Michelle Frost | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Frost

My mother died three years ago. Every morning I wake up, and without thinking I put on her robe. Of all the precious things she gave me; a sense of humor, a love of Mondays, her favorite ring and her golf shoes, it is her robe I love the most. It is soft, pink, and what was.

Holidays After Loss: A Love Letter

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Gina Barreca

Other people's happiness is more difficult to avoid than other people's pain. Seeing the holidays swirl around you means being hurt all over again.

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.05.2015 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

When We Become a Mother or Father

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I will never get full understanding from everyone, let alone validation. But, I will still speak my story. I will own all the parts of my story. And, I will continue to fight and break the shamed silence that surrounds infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery.

Warning: Submerged Obstacles

Abigail Carter | Posted 02.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Abigail Carter

We heard footsteps on the roof and the sound of the leaf blower. Huge chunks of debris began flying past the window and onto the ground. I had not eve...

6 Steps To Survive The Holiday Season After Loss

Donna Mebane | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Donna Mebane

The first year, I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner or shop for Christmas presents. I had other children, sure. But I didn't have Emma, and that defined me