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Dating A Widower Who 'Almost' Loves You

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 02.14.2016 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

On occasions when he makes no mention of his late wife, you and your widower have a great time together. He loves the attention you lavish on him and he tries to reciprocate. He takes you to trendy restaurants and shows you off to his friends. You're hoping his friendship will turn to passion.

A Valentine for Grief

Mark Liebenow | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

A year later, after I've forgotten about her and have begun talking to other women, she sneaks up, whacks me behind the knees, and down I go, sobbing. I wail that I missed her, but she brushes me off. Tells me not to forget again. And she's gone.

Life After Death: Cruising Through Life

Melissa Gould | Posted 01.21.2016 | Travel
Melissa Gould

We've had dinners and spent quality time with Joel's dad and step-mom, and to everyone's credit, they have welcomed Antonio not just into my and their granddaughter's life, but into theirs as well. It's a strange and beautiful thing for which I am truly grateful.

Delayed Grieving

Mark Liebenow | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

If we ignore grief and put it on the back burner, it will simmer, get thicker and harder, and it will be a royal mess to clean up.

Finding Beauty In Pain

Melissa Wilder Joyce | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Wilder Joyce

This is the story of when I received the call that my husband had died. To date, these are the darkest moments of my life. Here I will speak of not only the agonizing first few moments, but also the hope and beauty that I have found through the journey of grief.

Why This Widow Has Deemed This The 'Year Of No'

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Shonda Rimes has a wonderful new book called 'A Year of Yes', where she talks about being fearless enough to answer yes to new adventures. The loss of my sweet husband Peter has forced me to create my own opposite book -- 'A Year of No.'

The Man That Came After

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Michelle E. Steinke

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I penned the fairytale ending with the same man I...

New Year's Eve Without My Husband

Debbie Weiss | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Weiss

Grief is not pretty. It is loneliness at a primal level. Like some organ has been removed and you can't really breathe properly. It's waking up each morning where your first thought is this is another day without your person. And in that way, without the you that you were. It's going to bed alone each night without him.

How To Practice Gratitude During Your Life After 50

Judi Freedman | Posted 12.30.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

Tomorrow will mark eight years since my husband M died. As my grief instructor S said shortly after M's passing: 'The hole in your heart will get smaller, but it will never fully close.' S was right. My life has evolved a great deal since those dark days of December 2007.

When a White Christmas Turns Blue: Surviving Grief During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There may be many reasons to feel stressed during the holidays, but grief brings its own brand of challenges. If you're grieving this year and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Time for an Open and Honest Discussion About a Crucially Important Women's Issue: Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Because so few women have employer-provided retirement benefits or personal savings on which to rely, Social Security is disproportionately their sole source of income in old age. For 49 percent of never-married, divorced and widowed women aged 65 and older, Social Security comprises virtually all of their income. That is nearly one out of two single women!

She Was Pregnant When She Became A 9/11 Widow -- Here's Her Life Today

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.15.2015 | OWN

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Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

Dispatch: The Parliament of World Religions

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Kristin Meekhof

A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a panelist at The Parliament of World Religions conference in Salt Lake City.

Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...

An Open Letter to New Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

As painful as it is, literally setting small goals each day will help you through this very dark and lonely time. You may not understand and know the purpose for your loss. This will come later with openness and insight.

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

Looking For Love Again: A Widow's Guide

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Sienna Jae Fein

Finding a man with whom to continue life's journey depends on your ability -- and his -- to compromise. But as burdened with baggage as both of you are, it's hard to leap blithely onto the train. How to find contentment together when you're schlepping all that cargo?

Your Pain Isn't Your Fault: Why Some Teachers and Gurus Have It Wrong

Megan Devine | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Pain simply is. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.

How This 55-Year-Old Widow Is Creating A Fulfilling New Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.25.2015 | Fifty

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 r...

Accidents, Airports, an Angel

Melissa Gould | Posted 08.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Gould

I believe without question that Joel, my husband who died of West Nile Virus less than two years ago, is the one who told the girls to buckle up.

The Remarkable Way One Young Widow Is Redefining Grief

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Melissa doesn't believe that God or The Universe owed her something as precious and precarious as her husband's health. She accepts that life, often, is a crapshoot. And sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you simply don't. And sometimes you get a mix -- and that's what Melissa got and she's grateful for it.

The Golden Girls Retirement Plan: Oh Rose, Where Did Our (Pension) Funds Go?

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Second in a series. Major intellectuals, foremost philosophers and all my friends at the Abbey agree that most financial (or indeed life) issues can be explained in terms of the "The Golden Girls." In this episode Rose Nylund, played by the inimitable Betty White, faces a double whammy.

Astoria Characters: The Woman Wiping Tears From Her Eyes

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Ann Kos cannot meet you at the front door. She lives on the middle floor of her three-family house, and she can't go up and down the stairs any more without a chaperone.