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Saying Goodbye

The Power Of Saying Goodbye To Someone Who's Dying

Deborah Drezon Carroll | Posted 06.23.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Drezon Carroll

It's been an awful week. Too many horrific deaths in Orlando, a child dragged off from his parents by a gator, and this morning my friend Alan died. Two of those things were horrible, one was sort of beautiful.

The 4 Best Things You Can Do When A Loved One Is Dying

Laura Dixon | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when, and how -- doesn't come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

The Very Very Very Very Last Goodbye

Chef Rossi | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
Chef Rossi

I know the next place is calling him. tell myself Dad is going home.

How to Quit Your Job in Style

Aaron Tang | Posted 03.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Aaron Tang

If you're contemplating quitting your job too -- here are some tips that will help you say goodbye with style.

Saturday Visits With My Ex-Dog

Sue Carswell | Posted 11.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sue Carswell

I did one of the hardest things ever two years ago around this time as the colorful autumn leaves were making their final fall, I said goodbye to my d...

5 Reasons To Let Go Of Someone You Never Wanted To Say Goodbye To

Unwritten | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Originally published on Unwritten by Isabelle Zanzer. If there's one thing you need to know about Aries, is the fact that they're fiercely loyal.  ...

What 3,000 Miles Feels Like

Lauren DePino | Posted 10.13.2015 | Women
Lauren DePino

Exactly one month ago, I boarded a one-way flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It was overbooked. When I waited at the gate, an airline attendant offered me a $500 voucher to not take the flight. I considered it. I've never left home in my life.

My Father's Shockingly Typical Death

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I was shocked when I heard the rattle in my father's chest and knew he didn't have much time. Shocked not because he was nearing death -- he'd been so sick for so long -- but shocked that my dad looked and sounded like all the other dying old men, the ones I had seen and heard in the wards when I was a medical student.

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.

Farewell

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 06.12.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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.

Passages

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. T...

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.