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On Talking About The Tragic Things In Life

Rachel Toalson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

A couple of weeks ago, a kindergarten teacher at my boys' elementary school died tragically in a fire during the early morning hours before school. We...

Everyday I Will Move Forward But I Will Never Move On

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 12.03.2016 | Impact
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

This time leading up to December 14th, specifically the weeks after Thanksgiving, is always a bit harder than every other day. I have found over the past 3 years, 11 months and 17 days that when something horrible happens in your life it becomes wholly a part of you.

The Aleppo Tragedy: A Moral Imperative to Act

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Michel Gabaudan

Despite the joy felt when a young Syrian girl was pulled from Aleppo's rubble on Friday, the images from the besieged city have been shocking this wee...

Practical Advice For Coping In The Aftermath Of A Tragedy

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 10.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Zainab Chaudry

Dr. Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D. is Director of The Family & Youth Institute; co-editor of ‘Counseling Muslim: Handbook of Mental Health Issues & Interventi...

How To Survive And Thrive After Tragedy And Loss

Shawn Doyle | Posted 09.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Shawn Doyle

When you go through the searing fire of tragedy you also learn a lot about yourself. It is my sincere hope that you may learn some from my lessons too.

The Dangers Of Exploiting Celebrity Tragedies

David M Kirby | Posted 08.01.2016 | Entertainment
David M Kirby

elebrities have public lives but deserve private medical records, just like everyone else. Their emergencies and tragedies shouldn't be exploited for private gain and public scorn.

What If We Stopped Speaking Negatively And Instead Used Words Of Kindness?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist Children usually begin speaking their first words about 11 or 12 months old. From "mama" and "dada" come mo...

How Social Media Made Recent Tragedies More Raw, Personal And Divisive

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 07.20.2016 | Technology
Julianna W. Miner

Last week, I took a break from social media and I was not alone. Like millions of other people, I was heartbroken by the events that took place and deeply disturbed by the raw and personal reflection of our nation that appeared in its wake on social media.

Faith: An Insurance Policy

Pamela Brill | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Pamela Brill

When you work in a field like pediatric oncology you learn more about grief and loss than you're prepared for. It's inevitable, an occupational hazard of sorts. There have been too many families I've seen decimated by loss. It's hard. It's painfully hard. That hard has changed my life in ways that are profound and frightening.

How Should You Respond To World Tragedies?

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

At least 84 people are dead after a man in a truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, on Thursday. The past few weeks have been so inundated with news like this that it's easy to ask yourself "how should I react?"

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

9 Much-Needed Reminders That Humans Are Inherently Good

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living

The weight of the world certainly feels heavy lately. It’s easy to get discouraged about human nature and our society at large at times like these. ...

The Tragedy Of Nice

Sherman Yellen | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Remembering Nice. Like the rest of the world I watched the news in horror as the vehicle tore through the crowd and took more than 80 innocent lives i...

Hush, Child: A Black Mom's Tongue-Tied Attempt To Explain Cops Who Kill Us

Ylonda Caviness | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Ylonda Caviness

With all that I know and all that I have to say, right now words fail me. So I hug my babies close--closer than close. And as I cry myself to sleep, I whisper the words my granddaddy would use: Hush, Child.

Living The Days-After In Dallas

Kay Wyma | Posted 07.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Wyma

Watching race upon race that brought with them unexpected insight. Here are a few things I saw that offered perspective on living the regular in the midst of life's hard:

The Poem "The World Be Always Bleeding"

Peter Reynosa | Posted 07.12.2016 | Arts
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, Opisthotonus (Tetanus), oil on canvas, 1809, by Charles Bell. This is a poem I penned in 2012. It first appea...

It's Not What We Tell Our Children, It's What We Show Them

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Yet again, parents are asking the question, "What do I tell my children?" after the tragic deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and five police officers.

Following Sniper Attacks, Images Of Love Profess Support For Dallas

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.09.2016 | Arts

Today, citizens of Dallas are mourning the deaths of five police officers who were killed in an “ambush-style” attack that occurred during a Black...

The Love Equation

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 07.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rebecca Mckown

This act I ask of you is huge. I ask that we all let go of our anger and hate and instead embrace love. As the equations above show, love is the only answer.

Kids Are Not Supposed To Die - Especially At Camp

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Kids are not supposed to die - especially not at summer camp. But "supposed to" didn't matter last week when 11-year-old Jadyn Larky died in a freak accident at an overnight camp in southeastern Indiana.

Stop The Blaming And The Shaming: Overcoming Tragedies Together

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
MaryEllen Tribby

Children do not come with a learner's manual. And no matter how much you love them, there will be mistakes and accidents. I am one of the lucky ones. My mistakes did not result in tragedy.

After Orlando, We Have To Teach Kids More Than Just Tolerance

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

We may not be able to change the world overnight, but we can change it slowly by teaching our kids that differences in color, sexuality, lifestyle, size, shape and religion are something to be celebrated, welcomed and respected -- not just tolerated.

What I Can And Can't Imagine About The Mom Who Lost Her Son At Disney

Donna Mott | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Donna Mott

As I am packing and preparing for our family to go on vacation in a few weeks, I can't stop thinking about Melissa Graves, the mom whose little boy was snatched by an alligator while vacationing at Disney. I can imagine she was preparing much the same as I am now for her family's vacation last week.

To the Parents Who Have Lost Children to Tragedies, I'm With You

Nancy Arroyo Ruffin | Posted 06.17.2016 | Latino Voices
Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare turned reality. How does one recover from the loss of a child? It's safe to say one doesn't. When a child dies, the grief journey does not end in a week, a month or even a year.

June 12, 2016

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Today I woke up to the devastating news that once again our country had endured another senseless tragedy. Another attack on innocent, innocent American lives. My heart hurts. Tears fall for every single victim and those who know and love them. It is a pain all too real and one known all too well.