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The Forgotten

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 02.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Ancient myths tell us that we become truly teachable only in suffering enough defeat. As students, what we know is much less a statement about how enlightened we are, then it is a testimony of gratitude to have been blessed by the boundlessness of the journey.

The Moment I Fell Open to Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 02.17.2016 | Religion
Monique Minahan

However we've earned our grief; it's ours forever, just like our loved ones. I can't think of a better way to honor their death than to let it inform and inspire our life.

Ambiguous Loss: Having But Not Having

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

After my son Zach suffered a major brain injury during a high school football scrimmage, I found the grieving process to be complicated.

My Journey Through the First Year of Grief

Melissa Wilder Joyce | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Wilder Joyce

Lastly, be gentle with yourself during your search for your new normal, especially in the first year. Make decisions that feel right and know that some of the decisions will no doubt crumble beneath you. Understand that your perception is changing at light speed, there are bound to be mistakes, but that you are making it through, ever so slowly, to the other side. You are now a warrior.

A Blended and Complicated Love

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

I married Colin, believing as I still do, that he is fair, compassionate, and that he would offer the same kindness to my daughter that he showed his two children.

Humility & Loss

Nathan Timmel | Posted 02.12.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

"Just give them a good show, sweetie. You never know who'll be in the audience." Those words are sounding inside me as I stare uncomfortably at the d...

I Wasn't Going to Cry On Valentine's Day, But...

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

The change will eventually complete and I will return to being unresponsive and dispassionate. I am finally at a place where I feel it's safe to express my vulnerability and I don't want to retreat.

Evidence of a Childhood Continued: It's in the Snow

David S. Simon | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
David S. Simon

Snow. Again. But just like other days of drifts and drafts, the snow quickly hypnotizes me like a vaudeville circuit tuxedoed magician and just l...

The Day I Realized I Had Been Betrayed

Tara Hedman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

It didn't happen all at once. It happened slowly and almost imperceptibly. My heart hurts just thinking about it. I nurtured little Walter and so wanted him to be mine.

How to Balance the Waves of Grief and Giving

Tara Hedman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I cannot give what I do not have. Giving out of hidden resentment is poisonous to both parties. Giving out of a heart of love is satisfying beyond measure.

Giving Yourself Permission to Grieve

Erin Coriell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

With loss occurring almost daily, how do we stay a float? Grief isn't exactly trendy. However it is natural and necessary. I have attended many grief groups and I believe there are two common themes

The Broken Crib -- Future Loss Experienced Through Divorce

Leah Dillon | Posted 02.05.2016 | Divorce
Leah Dillon

Rivers of tears. Rivers and rivers, accompanied by some sniffling, and a wet hand trying to smear away the bursting streams that flooded - refusing to cease. My tears.

Good Enough: Dismantling the Myth of Self-Improvement

K.C. Wilder | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
K.C. Wilder

There's a theme that's been coming up in an awful lot of my conversations with friends lately: the idea that the things we're doing at present in our lives are somehow tantamount to 'finding' ourselves, or 'becoming' whatever it is that will enable us to live our most authentic lives.

3 Myths Of Grief To Stop Believing

Carrie Doubts | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Carrie Doubts

You may feel that people around you would rather that you "get over it" quickly and "get on with your life" so they can get on with theirs too. Most of us aren't taught how to grieve, and so, we won't know how to be with others in a supportive way when they are grieving. Some myths about how one "should" grieve:

Coincidence and Closure

Mandy Waysman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Mandy Waysman

My Grandpa wasn't doing very well. He had dementia and he was in an assisted living facility. He couldn't speak and there was no proof that he was sti...

The Role of Death in Finding Meaning in Life

Josh Korda | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Josh Korda

"Whoever develops awareness of death by thinking, 'I'm following the dharma by considering mortality once a day or night, or during meals, are unmindf...

A Daughter's Experience With Delayed Grief

Erin Campbell | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Campbell

What I learned was, when we experience loss, there is a necessity for us to recognize the pain of that loss and reflect on how that loss is impacting our lives. There's a quote, by Anne Roiphe that I've become very fond of, "Grief is in two parts. The first is the loss. The second is the remaking of life."

10 Things the Loss of Our Dog Taught Me About Living

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kara Post-Kennedy

Losing a pet is heart-wrenching. Anyone who denies this either never had a pet or never had a heart to wrench. We had plenty of time to prepare for ...

Unhelpful Labels

Kathleen B. Duncan | Posted 01.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Kathleen B. Duncan

My son served five years in the United States Marine Corp, including two tours in Afghanistan. David still serves in Marine Reserves while enrolled at...

Everything We Need

Jason Good | Posted 01.28.2016 | Fifty
Jason Good

The home hospice nurse, Maureen, told us not to blame ourselves if we missed Dad's death. She said that terminally ill patients often choose when to die and often do so when they are alone. But Mom and I were not concerned. Dad always wanted us to be together, regardless of circumstance.

Do You Have a Thousand-Yard Stare Story?

Tara Hedman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

Life can come back into focus, and it can be safe enough to feel again. You can connect to your heart and be glad it's beating once more. The things you've seen won't be forgotten, but your resignation and isolation can be lifted to reveal joy.

Every Child Is Our Child (Noah Chamberlin)

Stephanie Ortiz | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Stephanie Ortiz

Most of my writing is typically devoted to the portrayal of the humorous side of parental life; this isn't one of those times. This choice of topic is...

Infertility: A Grief No One Sees

Colleen Berge | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Colleen Berge

I would bite back all the words I wanted to say. The hurt and desperation I thought I might be able to share with someone. I recall feeling complete dismay that others couldn't see how this loss to me felt like grieving an actual death.

What Remains: Lessons From Loss

Cora Neumann | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Cora Neumann

Throughout this time I have spent many long days and nights searching for meaning. I have read beautiful books, taken some incredible grief and spirituality courses, written hundreds of pages.

Enjoying The Here And Now With My High School Junior

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.19.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The boy I pushed in the stroller is now learning to drive.