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Saying Goodbye

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.


Dagi Cueppers | Posted 09.08.2015 | Fifty
Dagi Cueppers

She died yesterday, 101 years old. Thousands of miles away, I did not get to say goodbye. I didn't get a chance to thank her, either. I would have loved to tell her that she'll always be with me. Every storm I weather, every mountain I climb. She'll be there.

The Gift We Cannot Keep

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Laura Berman Fortgang

That child you love -- the one you raised from creation that centered your universe, rocked your world and drove lava into your veins at the same time -- yeah that one -- you can't keep him. You have to let him go.

The Gift of Farewell

Stan Duncan | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Stan Duncan

It's an adventure and it's exciting, but it's also poignant and just a little bit scary. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn't, but if you could measure the level of emotion in the air for these days, it would be deep into the red zone.

Graduation, Not Goodbye

Mackenzie Long | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Mackenzie Long

UCLA is this massive experience. Like a force of nature, it happens to you: impressing on you a lifetime of memories and stories that will remind you of the kind of love that lasts forever.

The Value of Well-Timed Goodbyes and Art of Letting Go

Trana Pittam | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Trana Pittam

letting go a day too late can equal the difference between whether or not a person or an experience leaves your life as a fond memory or painful regret.

A Temporary Goodbye

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

At this point in time, I prefer not to comment on the subject matter of this material, but from time to time I will keep you informed as to my progress.


Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

Finding Closure: How a Gravestone Helped Me Say Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 02.14.2015 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Today I found a moment in which I could rest. My father's grave is no longer a place where he has simply disappeared from this earth but instead a place of acknowledgment.

Letting Go Is a Lot Harder the Third Time Around

Amy Byrnes | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Byrnes

They do this, kids. They start out making you weak at the knees with the love you feel for them -- their tiny little fingers and sweet-smelling heads -- and then push you to the brink of homicide after a few short years of incessantly asking, "Why?" and "Why not?"

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

Their Pop is the one they saw last month, the last time they saw him. The Pop that was not feeling well that day. The Pop that slept most of the day, but still managed to get up and spend some time with them.

Goodbyes, Mostly, These Days

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

Why must it be the most beautiful the day we leave for the last time, autumn sunlight dappled just so, never was it ladled quite as deliciously. ...

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

Are You Ready for College?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

This felt like just another trip we were taking together. Returning home without Katie was impossible to process.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

Why We Need to Show Up for the Hard Stuff

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.11.2014 | Good News
Lisa Abeyta

I laid there in the dark for a moment, almost upset that I'd read it. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to be there for this -- the end. I didn't want to see my dad like that. I didn't want to do any of this.

A Farewell to My Mother

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

To be there with my mother at this sacred time of her life, was the greatest gift I have ever received. We -- her family -- were her ushers. Taking her hand and escorting her from this world to the next.

How Gray's Papaya Helped Get Me Drunk at Age 4

Ashbey Riley | Posted 03.16.2014 | New York
Ashbey Riley

This week, our beloved Gray's in Greenwich officially closed. To think of it shuttered makes me a little sad to say the least. It wasn't that they had the best hot dogs, it was that Gray's was a part of people's lives for a very long time.

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

Whatever Happens Next

Judy Clement Wall | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Judy Clement Wall

I'm on a road trip with my son, Adam. We're driving 1,265 miles over four days, from California, where he's lived his whole life, to New Mexico, where he'll live for the next four years while he attends college.

The Season of Goodbye

Stan Duncan | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Eighteen years are far too few to have in your life someone you love with all of your being and might, but to hold on to them would be worse. Holding close, then letting go; holding close, letting go.

Telling My Grandmother's Stories

Rachel Joyce | Posted 04.19.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Joyce

I told her what a pleasure it has been to be her granddaughter, and that our relationship is not over, it's just on pause.

'My Aunt Is Nearly 99 ... She Will Not Live To Be 100'

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

My aunt is nearly 99. She will not live to be 100. Her photo will not be on the television recalling the date of her birth, with Willard Scott announcing she likes the opera and still volunteers. She will no longer volunteer. There will be no Today for her then.

First Goodbye to a Friend

Leigh Flayton | Posted 10.01.2012 | Women
Leigh Flayton

I had other friends, but Renee was my favorite. I admired her in a way that I didn't admire anyone else.

Who Are We Without Our Titles?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Natalie Thomas

Too often, we define ourselves by our jobs in this world: "I work at X," "I'm so and so's mother, ____'s wife." But when those relationships have expired, matured or evaporated, what's left?