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Lessons In Gratitude From Two Very Special Women

Tamsen_Fadal | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living

I have lots of pals and people with whom I have a good time. True friendship, however, is a rare and precious commodity. I understand now what my mother was telling me: It is not the quantity of the people in your life; it is the quality and depth of your bond with them and theirs with you.

Remembering Those Who Are No Longer With Us This Mother's Day

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Mother's Day is here and it's my first one without Mom. My mother, Evelyn Levine, died on April 19, and it was a huge personal loss as well as the end of an era. She was the last of the Greatest Generation in her family. More importantly, she was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as my biggest fan.

Celebrating Mother's Day When You Didn't Grow Up With A Hallmark Mom

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

Every year I've struggled with my emotions on Mother's Day. My own children have been fairly hit or miss in recognizing the day: from breakfasts in bed that, while not always edible, were priceless in their adorable orchestration, to thoughtful cards and gestures, to forgetting the day all together.

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Dr. Steve Maraboli | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News
Dr. Steve Maraboli

As we begin to lean on another Mother's Day, I can't help but reflect upon the impact my mom had and still has on my life. Even though she passed more than four years ago, there isn't a day that goes by that my mom's teachings doesn't permeate into my day.

Remembering Mom

Beth Bernstein | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Beth Bernstein

My mother had an eye for fashion and an innate sense of taste. I had the most fun dressing up next to her, first in her jewelry and clothes, as a young girl and then helping each other get ready for an important meeting or date.

Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their 3-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly.

6 Ways To Overcome A Life Challenge

Mary Holloway | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Holloway

Whether you're still in the midst of the storm or idling in the aftermath, the truth is that you have to reach down and make the decision that although you may have had no control over what happened to you, you do have control over how you respond and move forward. These six tips will help start you on that journey...

On Loving A Man With 'Tough, Gnarled, Gentle Hands'

Shannon Lell | Posted 06.30.2015 | Divorce
Shannon Lell

I cry when I remember that one morning when he took his right hand in my left, and his left around my waist, and slow danced in my kitchen to silence after I'd just spent several minutes raging over an angry email from my ex. Now, all I can think about is how those rough hands softened me time and time again.

On Losing a Friend

Robin Hall | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robin Hall

Our Meeting I recently lost a friend of mine. We met under slightly unusual circumstances. We had just finished moving. A street lamp cast a lazy, h...

What I Learned From My Son After The Death Of Our Dog

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Thorin made accommodations for his friend's fragility. The forts he built for the two of them now had a cushy bed for Walt. He understood Walt could no longer jump up on his bed, needing to sleep on the floor instead.

Father Shares How His Family Came Together After Gutting Loss

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Eli Bendet-Taicher

When we opened the real-life memory box sent by the hospital team who took care of Isli during the last days of her short life, Ido and I finally had the chance to grieve together. Even though we knew what would be in there, and the box lived in a closet that we opened daily, we still couldn't go through with opening it for more than a year.

The Clothes That Hid My Loss

Katia Bishops | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Katia Bishops

I remember everything I wore. The unfathomable dichotomy between inside and out. I was wearing my optimism dress leaving the fertility clinic that morning, carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders and a huge question mark in my belly.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

The Love Stories of 'Toy Story'

Eric W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

In the Toy Story films, the primary personal relationship on display is friendship. And yet, although the films are not romances, there are more realistic representations of romantic love threaded through the three movies than you'll find in a multiplex full of romantic comedies.

Gratitude And Grief

Owen Griffith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Owen Griffith

In my life, one of the people I am most grateful for is my oldest brother Steve. Steve was a musician, a naturalist and poet. He taught me how to play guitar, took me back-packing, encouraged me to read great literature, like Moby Dick, and inspired me to write.

Transitions Are Painful -- Six Steps to Make Them Glorious

Marilyn Tam | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

The best way to honor the transition and move on with inner peace is to give thanks. Yes. Give thanks for the pain, physical, emotional or financial challenge that may seem to be unending; it will end. Acknowledge the reasons for the grief, uncover the lessons/benefits in them.

April Cruelty

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 06.13.2015 | Women
Ann V. Klotz

I didn't want the girls to worry about me, just to understand that grief spools out, that it's a rare day that I do not think about this young woman so many people loved and feel an ache. I want them to know that we are allowed to be sad, that feelings ebb and flow forever.

Life After Death: A Widow In The World

Melissa Gould | Posted 06.13.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I am definitely a blank screen for everyone's projections. Lots of people need me to be OK. Some need me to be sad -- aren't all widows supposed to be sad? Others seem happy for my happiness, although slightly bewildered -- are widows supposed to be happy?!

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems From The First Year Without My Father By Bryan Borland

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

There is a distinct pleasure in rediscovering a favorite book. There is both familiarity and newness. We read words we've read before, and yet we re...

On Experiencing The 5 Stages Of Grief And Loss After Divorce

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 06.05.2015 | Divorce
Jenny Kanevsky

We loved each other once, my soon-to-be-ex and I. We had wonderful times together. We traveled; we laughed; we made a family. It's OK to cry, it's OK to be sad and to talk about it and to ask for a hug. So, when I need to cry, I just let it out.

Dragonfly Project

Amanda Gore | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

In the bottom of the old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their groups ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lil...

8 Tips for Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

To make room for loss, do what you can to open your heart and breathe the breath of life. The more you fill your heart with love and appreciation, the more space you make for healing and growth. Here are eight ideas:

How to Lose Hope (And How to Find It in a Sandwich)

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Jankowski

You will find one small sliver of hope. Not the hope you lost, not the one that was missing. But something more durable and easier to hold on to---a hope that was given, with the sole purpose of having it be found.

To My Friend Who Lost Her Teenage Daughter

Abby Pingree | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Abby Pingree

She lives on in all of us, but mostly she lives on in you.

The Trauma of Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Adoption

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Disgrace for being pregnant outside of marriage is no longer an American issue, yet we lack social supports such as affordable day care to level the playing field, allowing less-than-affluent women and their children to remain together.