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Giving Voice to Grief

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It goes without saying that no two people grieve in the same way. Everyone's needs are different at a time of loss, as are everyone's emotions. But in giving voice to one's own grief, others who have not been given the chance to express themselves can likewise find their voice.

What No One Told Me About Grief

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

No one told me that the losing wasn't the hard part. It was the living day after day with loss.

Mournful Holidays: 5 Tools to Use

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 11.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Baldwin Panagore

Does heartache haunt holiday? Are you mourning the one, or the ones, who you love or loved the most? Does your heart ache? Do you grieve? Are you as...

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

Mourners Make Heartfelt Chalk Tributes For Paris Attacks Victims

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

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A Brief Calculus of Mourning

Nish Gera | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Nish Gera

For now, let me grieve for my beloved Paris. And in that grieving, let me be connected with the grief of cities where people have been harmed and wronged.

Morning of War, 3 Days Later

Anne Sinclair | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Anne Sinclair

The race to increase security is in full swing. Posing realistic, applicable, or useful measures doesn't seem to be taking first priority; instead, there's talking for talking's sake, and the publishing of words that seem to echo the fears of the French.

Morning of War, 2 Days Later

Anne Sinclair | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Anne Sinclair

Two days in. Time itself cried yesterday. For the first time in days, the sky had darkened and a chill blew through the air. The day unfolded with the nightmare of the night before and the dullness of being awake in its midst.

The Most Helpful Words You Can Say To Someone Experiencing Grief

Laura Munson | Posted 11.14.2015 | Fifty
Laura Munson

No one really knows what to say to someone when their loved one dies. You can say, "You're in my thoughts and prayers," and maybe that's true. Maybe you actually know what to think or pray on that person's behalf. Personally, I'm never sure.

Mourning With Those Who Mourn

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In my early years of parenting, I met a man who told his terrible story of grief to every single person he met in however casual a circumstance as a k...

Life, Death and Innkeeping: Murder Mysteries

Melissa Levis | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Melissa Levis

As our mom literally danced and sang through chemo and radiation, we kept celebrating at the inn. On these heals of her diagnosis came Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Years, all celebrated with guests and staff and friends and family.

A To-Do List For Myself After My Father's Death

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Abby Rosmarin

3. Wake up when you wake up. Be it with the alarm or at 2 a.m. Don't fight it.

These Photos Show The Beauty Of Celebrating Our Dead

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.02.2015 | Latino Voices

The Day of the Dead is more than just sugar skull make-up and colorful getups; it's a day of remembrance.  The Mexican holiday, celebrated o...

Part and Parcel: Tom Hart

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

When submerged in the darkest darkness of grief, how do we crawl toward the light? How, as humans, do we stagger forward under the weight of unbearable loss?

Let's Remove the Words 'At Least' From Our Vocabulary About Grief

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

Rather than try to compare or minimize a loss, let's recognize that each person's grief is his or her own. Let's be that listening ear when someone wants to talk about the pain of loss. Let's validate feelings, rather than minimizing them.

How To Cope After An Unimaginable Loss

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 10.03.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

What do you do when the unthinkable happens to a close friend? When one of the things most feared by all comes true? A loss - especially a sudden one - brings on feelings of incredulity and disorientation in all who know and care for the persons involved in a tragic occurrence.

Grief 10 Years Later: Part 2

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

We can help counterbalance the pain and the sense of chaos for the griever by being with them and supporting them throughout their grief journey and well afterward as they navigate the complexities of 'growing up' well past childhood.

Exquisite Grief

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Lisa Pullen Kent

I know now losing my mother hurts like hell; her absence incarnate is like a light gone out and it will be dark for a while. But in the darkness, I awaken. Holding hands with divinity, I glimpse that I, too am divine.

How Am I Supposed to Mourn My Father?

Jennie Mustafa-Julock | Posted 09.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennie Mustafa-Julock

My dad is dying. I am not sure what I am supposed to do with that information. The truth is that we are supposed to think or feel or act or do someth...

Grief 10 Years Later

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Just like love, grief is an experience that evolves and changes with time; but one thing is for sure, it is not forgettable, because it never goes away.

The Struggle And Surprising Upside Of Parenting While Depressed

Joe DeProspero | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Joe DeProspero

People with loving families, millionaires with houses on each continent, nobody was immune to the all-consuming soul-suck known as depression. Having my own children taught me this, but I never could have imagined that it would simultaneously hold me back and push me forward.

Dear Family Whisperer: Facing the Death of a Pet... Together

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.12.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Your question shouldn't be, "How do we prepare the kids?" Everyone will be affected. Even if you adopt another pet in the future, everyone's life will change when Barney is gone. Instead, ask, "How do we all get through this? Barney is part of your "pack." And now you must say good bye and mourn him as a family.

Life After Death? A Religious Studies Professor Becomes a Student

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Along the road somewhere, deep into the night, I began to reflect on why it was so important for us to be there. Why were we making such an effort to see someone who would neither know we were there, nor have any chance of speaking to us? Was there any logic to it?

Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process

Dying, Death and Divorce -- Good Grief!

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

Life has a way with circles and coincidences. Last week, I was dealing with of those waves of separation and divorce that crash down after the water h...