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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 01.27.2016 | 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 01.19.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

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

Grief Is Good Medicine

Omega Institute | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Loss is a part of life, but in the West we're generally not good at experiencing and expressing grief. Sobonfu Somé, one of today's top voices of African spirituality, recently shared lessons on grief from the Dagara tradition of Burkina Faso at a talk in Asheville, North Carolina. Here, Omega shares our top takeaways.

At a Loss of Everything But Words in 2016

David S. Simon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

It seems to me that this early into the new year the theme that we have been experiencing is loss. Working backwards, let's begin with last night's lottery which is the granddaddy of experiencing loss.

Everything Needed for Success in 3 Simple Steps

Ian Khan | Posted 01.14.2016 | Business
Ian Khan

If you were too busy with things to not give the desired attention to planning the right steps for your business in 2016, fear not. You're not alone, and yes welcome to the Party! With too many things ongoing, I could completely believe if you said you don't have time to breathe.

After My Mother's Passing, I Feel Like A Thief

Eileen Stukane | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Eileen Stukane

I am invading my mother's privacy because I have to, because she died one evening when she sat down to rest and never got up.

Finding Beauty In Pain

Melissa Wilder Joyce | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Wilder Joyce

This is the story of when I received the call that my husband had died. To date, these are the darkest moments of my life. Here I will speak of not only the agonizing first few moments, but also the hope and beauty that I have found through the journey of grief.

Why This Widow Has Deemed This The 'Year Of No'

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Shonda Rimes has a wonderful new book called 'A Year of Yes', where she talks about being fearless enough to answer yes to new adventures. The loss of my sweet husband Peter has forced me to create my own opposite book -- 'A Year of No.'

My David Bowie Soundtrack: From Rebel, Rebel to Space Oddity

Debbie Weiss | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

In 1981, I went to my first fraternity party at UC Berkeley and danced to "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie. I even had on a red jumpsuit a little like the one he wore in the video. I was a freshman at Mills College in Oakland.

Grieving the Loss of a Hero

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Andra Brosh

David Bowie's death at 69 surprised the world in part because of the privacy maintained around his illness, but also because we expect our heroes to live forever. Every type of loss has its own sting.

How to Heal After a Painful Breakup

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer I will preface this post by saying you'll want to read this even if you are currently in a...

My Brother Was Murdered By A Man With A Gun

Alex Schneps | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Schneps

That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?

Wise Women: On Resilience

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 01.07.2016 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

These women eloquently describe the combined beauty, strength, and grace of what can live on the other side of hardship. Resilience is evidence of the internal reset button-not a rewind, but a reset. The willingness to move through the world in one's current, altered form.

There Is Nothing Personal About Death

Katie Dreyer | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Katie Dreyer

This is what death teaches us: When all else is stripped away, when all our plans fall through, when the tragedy that could never happen to you happens, you will survive. You will breath in and out. You will laugh with your friends. You will fall in love, and work, and dream. You will live because your mother lived and cried and laughed and died.

Embrace the Sweet and the Salty

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 01.06.2016 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

I am a big snacker - always have been and probably always will be. My most favorite snacks involve combining the super sweet with the super salty.