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How I Can Lighten Up In The Wake Of Overwhelming Loss

Melissa Gould | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Melissa Gould

How can I "celebrate" with my in-laws who are both having a second birthday without their beloved son? How can I lighten up when I worry so much about my daughter? How can I lighten up when I'm grieving my love of 20-something years?

Last Night I Dreamt Of You, But When I Woke Up You Were Still Gone

Jane Horton | Posted 02.23.2015 | Weddings
Jane Horton

I struggled that morning, and it took every ounce of strength within me not to go back to sleep and try to find you there in my dreams. I had forgotten exactly what it was like to be with you.

Life After Death: A Surreal Reality

Melissa Gould | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

Joel was my husband and the love of my life. He died 15 months ago, and what seemed so surreal for the first year is now simply real, although still impossibly hard to comprehend.

Why So Many Of Us Actually WANT To Be Single After 50

High50 | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
High50

Goodness me, it's not easy finding a positive representation of single people in movies and literature. The message seems to be that being single will eventually turn you mad. Thankfully, those fractured souls are nothing like my single friends, some of whom have never had a relationship.

A Walk for Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

On January 10, 2015, the 53- year-old British attorney will be walking across India to benefit The Loomba Foundation. For the past several months he has adhered to a rigorous training schedule to prepare for this monumental journey.

When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly an...

The 4 Difficulties Of Being Alone In A Partnered World

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

I noticed a woman eating by herself. She mostly looked at her iPhone. I concentrated on my eggs and short stack. A lot of people tell me they could never eat alone.

Why Marriage Is Always Worth The Fight

Fawn Weaver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weddings
Fawn Weaver

I interview couples happily married more than a quarter century to figure out how they did it and how what they've done can be replicated. I then pull all that research together to determine the common denominators.

Warning: Submerged Obstacles

Abigail Carter | Posted 02.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Abigail Carter

We heard footsteps on the roof and the sound of the leaf blower. Huge chunks of debris began flying past the window and onto the ground. I had not eve...

My Husband Died, How Can I Be Thankful?

Debra L. Morrison | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Debra L. Morrison

Yes, that overladen Thanksgiving table may look nothing short of sickening to you now. You can't remember when you had an appetite, and you doubt seriously it will suddenly arrive simply because it is Thanksgiving. So, marshal your power and tell your family and friends what you think you need.

Breaking Free From Psychics and Mediums

Eric W. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

I've always known that mediums and psychics are all con artists who make their livings exploiting the bereaved. Now that I'm a widower, I've begun to ...

Empowering Widows Across the World

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

Lord Loomba, CBE, receiving his lifetime achievement award from Abid Qureshi, President, UNA-NY Photography by Melanie Quinn Photography; Used with...

Unbounded Gratitude

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Gratitude despite any circumstances isn't easy. And so every time I look at the bracelet Peninnah gave me I think of what this gift revealed: gratitude that knows no bounds leads to openheartedness and openhandedness.

Moving Through Grief

Mark Malinowski | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

When you lose someone in your life who you love more than yourself, the experience will change you forever. I know I will never be the same. It will happen to most of us. and it's important to give yourself the permission and time to discover who you are following a great loss.

La Belle Indifference

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Nancy Doyle Palmer

In my husband's final days, the young man I married came back --he became thin again, his face unlined, an innocence of intent and heart restored as he became increasingly both less and more himself.

Yagana Shah

The Way This Widower Keeps His Wife's Memory Alive Will Melt Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty

It's never easy dining out alone -- but one man has found the perfect, sweetest way to ensure he never feels lonely. Twitter user Madina Bashizadah...

My Husband Died, Now What?

Debra L. Morrison | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Debra L. Morrison

I invite each of you to notice and gain an awareness of who you are and where you are right now, as a way of quelling some of the obsessing either about where you were or where you "should" be.

The 4 Stages of Post-Loss Dating

Abigail Carter | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Abigail Carter

I stood before a group of 30-40 widows and widowers in a brightly-lit Toronto hotel conference room, my PowerPoint presentation on a large screen behind me, not exactly the atmosphere you might choose to talk about post-loss dating.

Write the Story You Want to Live

Nancy Sharp | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nancy Sharp

I used to believe that all stories had a beginning, middle and end. While in the most obvious of ways, Brett's death was a finite end; it would take years for me to realize not only that the three of us could make a pleasing new life but that doing so meant rewriting our story.

Moving Into A World of Stark Contrasts After The Death Of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.27.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

cried during my Tai Chi as I felt the energy of the mountains and Robert fill me. And I played with my horse and danced. And found I could be whole. And found I could be shattered.

Your Grief in Print

Christine Stoddard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Grief may be private or it may be communal. Either way, it is a personal emotion, experience, and era that you either choose to share or not.

The Widower

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.02.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The longing Barry feels for his late wife, Sue, is palpable. But mid-conversation I notice a shift. He refuses to complain about his loss. Instead, he chooses to be grateful, and gratitude works its magic. It buoys his spirits and mysteriously mends his heart.

A Letter To My Husband In Heaven

YourTango | Christina Rasmussen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Weddings

By Christina Rasmussen for YourTango.com Hubby in heaven, It will be eight years this Monday since the day you left this world. I used to ima...

10 Rules of Thumb For Online Dating

High50 | Posted 09.27.2014 | Fifty
High50

At the age of 50, after two years of being single, I decided it was time to overcome my trepidation about putting myself so "out there" and try online dating. After a few days working out which sites are best for our age group, I was soon 'winking' at and connecting with (and dismissing) so many men, I could barely keep track of what I'd told to whom.

Letting Go of Pieces of the Past

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

What do I do with this dream? And now these thoughts? What part of the past is dragging me down? What part of the past can I let go of?