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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...

Mourning a Pet and Noah's Rainbow

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

People say goodbye to beloved pets everyday so my experience is hardly unusual. Probably most clicking on this blog post can relate. But viewing such loss through a theological lens is not so common. A rather trivial incident turned my thoughts in this direction.

The New Normal: Navigating Life After Harris' Death

Stephanie Wittels Wachs | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Wittels Wachs

I am supposed to be your sister for the duration of our lives. I am not supposed to tell funny stories about when we were kids at your funeral. I am not supposed to sit on the cold ground, peering into a giant hole at a casket we chose for you out of a brochure. On February 19, 2015, our worst-case scenario became a reality.

The Attack on Charleston Is an Attack on All of Us

Rev. Waltrina Middleton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Rev. Waltrina Middleton

What happened to our family is part of a larger attack on Black and Brown bodies. To impact change, we must recognize the connection between racism, hate crimes and racialized policing. While the focus for this specific attack was on African-Americans, we all have a responsibility to seek not only justice for the victims, but an end to racial injustice.

American Dream Disturbed

Amardeep Kaleka | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Amardeep Kaleka

I know my father died a hero. Even after being shot multiple times, he courageously fought off the gunman, saving many, including my mother, at the expense of his own life. He defended the temple he founded, and this house of worship is the gift he left to us and his grandchildren. Just like Felicia Sanders. She sacrificed her body to cover and shield her young granddaughter, as her son, Tywanza, tried to talk down the gunman.

7 Life-Changing Lessons I Never Expected To Learn When My Brother Died

Amanda Wormann | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Wormann

Sometimes this gift of knowing how delicate life is can start to feel too real. It makes you feel stuck, anxious and scared of losing everyone you love. But in the midst of all of that, there are so many incredible surprises in store for all of us. Every morning we wake up is a gift.

The Elephant in the Room

Mindy Utay | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

You don't necessarily need to hew to tradition, but make sure you've thought it through before you respond to news of a loss so that your offerings, verbal and otherwise, are gracious and of service to another who is suffering. It's OK to even say, "I'm at a loss for words," and give a hug or squeeze a hand.

How I'm Remembering Joe Biden's Kindness -- And Returning It

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Mandy Hitchcock

Joe Biden sent us a note five years ago when he heard about my daughter's death, even though he certainly had an infinite number of other things to do. As a bereaved parent and spouse, he understood that he could help change the sensation of the pain simply by bearing witness to it.

Artist Dons Late Mother's Clothing In Stunning Memorial Photos

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts

"Sunny day, the whole family sits at my grandmother’s garden, sausages on the grill, twittering birds, laughter, conversation. In this dress, my m...

Choosing Life And Finding Meaning 30 Days After Dave's Tragic Death

Sheryl Sandberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Sheryl Sandberg

I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning.

An Epiphany and Finding Happiness After Death

Justin Hernandez | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Justin Hernandez

Our time on this earth is shorter than we think it is. In the end, we won't be remembered for how much money we made or what we did for a living. We'll be remembered for our kindness and the compassion we extended toward others.

Things I Still Need to Say

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

I had planned to write all the details from that Saturday. I did do that. It just came out and it wasn't cathartic at all. It was descriptive, It cap...

What I'm Still Learning From My Mom, 20 Years After Losing Her

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Ali Wilkinson

My mom died of brain cancer when I was in high school, 20 years ago now. And for many years, I missed her vividly. With time, the rawness of her loss faded. Because I lost her so young, I find that I don't miss her as much because of the experiences we shared or the conversations we had. I miss her for those we didn't.

Just Eat the Damn Cake

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Mara Shapiro

This week I heard the really sad news about the death of a woman that I may have met once or twice or maybe more or maybe not at all. I know her name, and I'm straining to remember her face other than how I've seen in pictures. She was young. She died in her sleep.

Pushing Humpty Dumpty Off The Wall

Mina Samuels | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Mina Samuels

I hugged them and kissed them, these dolls I'd barely touched for more than 30 years. Finally, I went and got one of my father's shirts. I swaddled them in his shirt, added some pictures of myself as a child, closed up the bag, collected myself and took the bag out to the garage.

Divorce Is a Death: Divorce Lawyer Turned Client

Natalie Gregg | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce
Natalie Gregg

I used to tell my clients that divorce is a death of sorts. I didn't know that from experience but through watching former clients suffer and rebuild their lives. Now I firmly feel it personally. Today my own divorce was finalized.