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What to Say When There Is Nothing to Say

Mark Myers | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

Not a word was spoken and I promptly fell apart in his embrace. I cried like I had never cried in my life. He just held on for the ride. What my friend Steve gave me that day was the very essence of what to say when there is nothing to say:

From Grief to Joy

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

After loss, Franbcis Weller advises, find other people with whom to express your grief. This is not the time for self-reliance. It hurts to keep grief...

Saying Goodbye To My Brother

Caroline Winata | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Caroline Winata

So what do I do when I lose the second most important man in my life after my father, who is the most important man and just left? I mourned, and I mourned deeply. But I knew I had to release him, with all my love, and my heart, because my brother was nothing else to me but love. I knew that any sense of sadness and regret would mar the sunshine he was for my life.

My #NotAllowedToDie List

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.14.2016 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

To those on this list, I'd be grateful if you could set an alert for my obituary. Once you receive it, you're welcome to pass over to the great wild yonder, but before then, would you mind staying alive?

My Friend Died 10 Years Ago, And I Never Imagined The Ways It Would Change Me

Avelist | Posted 01.03.2016 | Healthy Living

Of course as time goes on, life moves forward. You never forget. And you'll never be the same. How could you be? There are some things in life that are so big and so profound that we can't experience them without being changed. Here are some of the lessons I've learned and the ways I've changed:

The Loss of a Beloved Pet

Helen Davey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

When it comes to the love and attachment we form with animals, it seems to bring out the best in us. Moreover, many of us tend to remember the important transitions of our lives by which pet we had at the time. They're an important marker of our life's journey.

The Art Of Mourning And Surviving Great Loss

Dr. Franky Dolan | Posted 12.30.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Franky Dolan

I lost my uncle Jeff to AIDS when I was 12-years-old. He was my best friend. Uncle Jeff was a minister and he believed in my singing and creativity so much, that he let me lead sermons and sing to the congregation as a child.

How Travel Helped Me Deal With The Trauma Of Loss

Claire Robinson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Travel
Claire Robinson

Travel has many benefits: for example, it builds confidence, opens your mind and increases your connection with our planet. Recently, I discovered that it can also help me deal with the loss of my brother.

A Dog Movie Unleashes Emotion in Marrakech

Thelma Adams | Posted 12.29.2015 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

"Each person dies as best they can," says Julian (Ricardo Darin) in the Spanish-language dramedy Truman, screened out of competition at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech.

What Grieving Parents Want Others To Know

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

Life around us doesn't stop. We are doing all the things others do, but we are doing them with an added weight of sorrow and pain that makes each step feel like wading through quicksand. We want you to know we are doing the best we can.

What To Do When The Holidays Hurt

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

There's nothing quite like the holiday season to ratchet up the pressure we feel, not only to have it all together, but to wrap it in lights and tinsel and broadcast it in a heavily filtered Instagram pic. We feel more compelled than ever to feel good, and more guilty than ever to admit that we don't.

What I Know About Christmas After Losing My Daughter To Childhood Cancer

Mark Myers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

Christmas is like a tumbler full of mirth at its finest. When family and friends come home to celebrate the cheer of the season, you drink to your heart's content and are filled by its warming sway. When you are hurting, the tumbler has a jagged edge.

The Difference Between a Problem and a Problem

Maria Montgomery | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

The more we grow, the bigger our problems get. I remember someone saying that Richard Branson has bigger problems than the average person, because h...

Reflecting on San Bernardino

Rabbi Scott Fox | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Scott Fox

I was in school when I first heard about it. The librarian, who I helped once a week in the modest building at the center of school pulled me from the stacks. I remember her face, usually kind but reserved she looked terrified.

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.