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Getting Older Without My Mother

Wendy Litner | Posted 07.03.2012 | Women
Wendy Litner

While my mother no longer knows me, she needn't be here to love me.

Death Is Not The End

Anne Sobel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Anne Sobel

More than just the celestial signs we seek solace in, death offers a profound internal experience. While I have physically lost of my father, I am emotionally closer to him.

Why Count The Omer In Sadness?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

This year, I will be counting the Omer and working to prepare myself for Shavuot. But I will harness, rather than abstain from, the joy that inspires so many of my reflections.

'Desperate Housewives': MJ Tries To Process Mike's Death

Posted 05.25.2012 | TV

As Marc Cherry steers his "Desperate Housewives" (9 p.m. ET on ABC) closer to its series finale, fans are starting to notice a trend. Every week seems...

What Not to Say to a Griever (And What You Should Say or Do Instead)

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Grief is one of the most universal of human experiences. Virtually every single person you know, including yourself, will eventually lose a loved one.

Dating Again After His Death Is Hard ... But Sex Is Even Tougher

Litsa Dremousis | Posted 04.28.2012 | Women
Litsa Dremousis

Even months afterward, I felt so entirely asexual that when a friend asked me who I would sleep with next, I nearly vomited.

Whitney Houston and Jeffrey Zaslow: Two Shining Media Stars

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.17.2012 | Celebrity
BJ Gallagher

While she sang other people's songs, he wrote other people's stories. Both achieved worldly success, endearing themselves to millions along the way.

Mourning John Hick: One Of The Greatest Theologians Of Our Time

Joe Winkler | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Hick taught instead of preached ... Hick freed so many of us from the chains of our dogma to embrace our fellow human beings.

Ask Pastor Paul: Answering Questions About The Afterlife

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Dear Pastor Paul, When I was eight I was taught two things in the same week. The first was that accepting Jesus was the only path to heaven; and the second was that there were a billion people in China who had never heard the name Jesus.

Sitting Shiva For Traditional Shiva

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 03.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

It is certainly more convenient to post a quick sentence or two of condolence on the mourner's Facebook Wall, but that shouldn't preclude us from performing the tradition acts of comforting the mourners.

My Secret Grief

Melanie Notkin | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

The grief hit me in my mid-thirties without warning. By all appearances, my life was fantastic, but there were nights when I would cry for hours. I was in mourning, but I didn't know it.

Can You Really Die From A Broken Heart? | Posted 01.12.2012 | Fifty

Broken heart syndrome doesn’t just exist in fairy tales. According to a new study published the Journal of the American Heart Association, heart att...

Getting Over A Breakup? Remember This

Amy Chan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Women
Amy Chan

I've realized that all I can do is be a source of love myself, to embrace the love around me, cherish it and share it with others. That is my source of joy.

Courage is Having the Strength to be Vulnerable

Amy Chan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Women
Amy Chan

True courage is not blocking out your emotions, it's having the strength to deal with them.

Katherine Bindley

Michelle Duggar Miscarries, Plans To Name The Baby | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Parents

Michelle Duggar, the mother of America's biggest family -- or at least its most well-known one, thanks to reality television -- was five months into h...

The Most Important Thing To Do After A Split

Amy Chan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Divorce
Amy Chan

You'd think one would get better at breakups after going through a few. In all honesty, it doesn't get easier.

Easy Holiday Planning For Caregivers

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Family traditions are the glue that keep a family connected over time. They are also a way that families traditionally have weathered crises, including terminal illness in a loved one.

Dancing Under the Country Club Sprinklers

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 01.08.2012 | Women
Karen Dalton-Beninato

My mother grabbed my hand and we danced under the sprinklers beneath a small town starlit sky. Cold short grass sprang back beneath my toes. It was one of the most joyous moments of my life.

I'll Always Have a Mommy

Helen Davey | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Helen Davey

When my mother died, I turned to writing to make sense of it all. I'm hoping I can give solace to others in similar situation with an aging mother or father who for most of their life has been their only parent.

The One We Left Behind

Dara Pettinelli | Posted 12.05.2011 | Women
Dara Pettinelli

It wasn't until after Donnie died that I could admit how much of him I saw in myself.

Does This Mean I Don't Have a Mommy Anymore?

Helen Davey | Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty
Helen Davey

As a psychoanalyst who writes about trauma, I recognize that the death of my mother transports me back into that old, familiar, traumatized state, and I feel, once again, eight years old and bereft.

Don't Let Anyone Tell You How to Mourn!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact
Lev Raphael

It's not easy to tolerate someone else's grief, but it's cruel to tell people how to manage their grief, or how long they should mourn, or in what ways. Loss should be respected, not stifled or judged.

Boxed in

Carolita Johnson | Posted 11.10.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


No Place To Mourn: The Remains Of 9/11 That Were Never Found

CARLA CANDIA/EDLP | Posted 11.09.2011 | Latino Voices

Whenever she wants to feel close to her son Paul, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, Sophie Ortiz pulls out her journal and writes to him, usually the ...

Why You're Not 'Broken' Even Though You're Divorced

Emily V. Gordon | Posted 10.24.2011 | Divorce
Emily V. Gordon

Dear Recent/Non-Recent Divorcees, Divorce is one of the most destructive, emotionally traumatic experiences a human being can go through, no matter i...