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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.

WATCH: Widow Finds Purpose in Raising Guide Dogs

HooplaHa | Posted 06.15.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, Connecticut. After her husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds in the process. In an effort to implement better structure in her life, she became a raiser for Guiding Eyes For the Blind.

I Am Widow, Hear Me Cry!

Melissa Gould | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Melissa Gould

I miss Joel. I love Antonio. My friends feel the same way. Sometimes it's complicated. Other times, it's simple. Tears keep falling - on a hike, a phone call, even at a party. But I smile and laugh a lot, too. Life is so strange.

The Truth About Sex And The Grieving Widower

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Women who date widowers are sometimes stunned when an actively grieving man presses eagerly for sex. Our culture mandates no 'correct' grieving process, and grieving is unique to every individual, but most experts agree that men and women mourn in different ways.

Memorial Day, or National Grief Acknowledgement Day?

Megan Devine | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Megan Devine

In a sense, Memorial Day weekend should usher this country into the griever's world: The every day reality of grief. Memorial Day should (or could) be a time when the whole nation bows its collective head to its collective heart, and says: Ow. Ow. OW. This hurts.

From Empty Nest to Full House, Selling and Saying Goodbye

Joan Stommen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Joan Stommen

If I could wrap my arms around this house, I'd thank it for letting us become grandparents, for allowing us to grow old together and eventually, for giving me the strength in it's soul to grow peace in mine.

5 Things a Health Care Provider Should Not Say to a Widow

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Many of the widows sought medical attention from a general health care provider for a plethora of reasons. While some providers are adept and highly sensitive, others clearly lack some appropriate bedside manners.

The Perfect Salad and the Imperfect Church: Scot McKnight's A Fellowship of Differents

Jack Levison | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Jack Levison

What happens when you cross a first-rate New Testament scholar, a genuinely funny guy, and a former fundamentalist?

The Exclusive Club Sheryl Sandberg Never Intended To Join

Laura Wellington | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Laura Wellington

The bond we share is one of loss but it is also one of strength, courage, perseverance, and eventual, renewed living. I am certain -- given the choice -- each one of us would rather not have you walk amongst us, but since you are here, know that you have our spirit and example in which to hang onto throughout the entirety of your journey.

The Complicated Social Life of a Young Widow

Amy Morin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Well-meaning people would say things like, "Well, you don't look like a widow." Even friends that I saw on a regular basis, would say things like, "Oh, I expected you to look different." It was as if people thought widowhood would transform me into an old hag.

How This 55-Year-Old Widow Is Bouncing Back After The Worst Year Of Her Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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 remarkable ...

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

Widowhood and the Living Is Easy

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I will never stop missing him. I will never stop thinking about him. I will try to remember how he smelled like the Irish Spring soap he showered with, how his long toes looked more like fingers, and I will always remember how our time together was filled with lots of laughter and affection.

The Moment 'American Sniper' Widow Told Her Kids Their Father Was Dead

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime

In a moving interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Chris Kyle's widow remembered the moment she told their children their father had died. "I remembe...

The Love Stories of 'Toy Story'

Eric W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

In the Toy Story films, the primary personal relationship on display is friendship. And yet, although the films are not romances, there are more realistic representations of romantic love threaded through the three movies than you'll find in a multiplex full of romantic comedies.

Life After Death: A Widow In The World

Melissa Gould | Posted 06.13.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I am definitely a blank screen for everyone's projections. Lots of people need me to be OK. Some need me to be sad -- aren't all widows supposed to be sad? Others seem happy for my happiness, although slightly bewildered -- are widows supposed to be happy?!

Easter and Grief: An Inescapable Connection

Megan Devine | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Megan Devine

photo credit: Jarosław Pocztarski Even if you aren't a religious person or adhere to any particular faith, you can't really escape the whole Easter ...

Life After Death: When Looks Are Deceiving

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gould

I know in time, things will feel better. It really does help heal. I still have some really sad days. I have some incredibly happy days, too. On a lot of days, I feel both. But still I grieve... which for now, is exactly what I need to do.

I Am (Dating)?

Laura Wellington | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Laura Wellington

I am a mother; I am a mechanic; I am a plumber; I am a landscaper; I am a caretaker.

Widow Taking On Online Dating With a Vengeance

Anne M. Seidel | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Anne M. Seidel

I have been dating off and on for about a year now. I met a guy named Steve who I fell hard for -- he was 17 years younger than me. We had amazing chemistry and so much fun together and it all moved very quickly. He was then deployed to Iraq (that is what I get for dating a younger man).

Life After Death: How Many Soulmates Can a Person Have?

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I needed to hear that. Yes, I was Joel's wife, but he had a ton of meaningful relationships and was loved by so many. He had best friends, soulmates of his own, the ripple effect of his death reaches far and wide. Because of that, I feel less alone, and connected by this shared experience, horrible as it is.

Widowed and Moving On to Online Dating

Anne M. Seidel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Anne M. Seidel

I told myself either do something about it or shut up. The time was right so I made the decision to move from Atlanta where I had lived all my life and all my friends and family were and move to the beach where I knew on one.

Married With A Boyfriend

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

She notices Antonio, asks me, "Oh, is that your husband?" An innocent enough question. I say, "No, he's my boyfriend." The word so clumsy in my mouth. How can I have a boyfriend when I still feel like someone's wife?

How I Can Lighten Up In The Wake Of Overwhelming Loss

Melissa Gould | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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.