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The One Word That Gives This Widow Some Comfort

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Saudade is a Portuguese expression that is almost untranslatable. The best way to describe it is: the presence of absence. It is a longing for someone or something that you remember fondly but know you can never experience again.

How to Survive: Widowhood

Honey Good | Posted 06.27.2016 | Fifty
Honey Good

By: Susan "Honey" Good Wednesday was National Widow's Day. In one split second, 26 years ago, I was no longer the wife of Michael Forman. I was his w...

Watch One Woman Explain How She Navigates Her Identity As A Mother And Widow

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 06.22.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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How Running Away Can Save Your Life

Fiona Grinwald | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Fiona Grinwald

People say you should never run away from your troubles. I ran as far as I could. I am not a natural runner. The most I could previously run was a...

If You Never Dream About Your Departed Loved Ones

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Are you comparing your dreams (or lack thereof) to the dreams of others? Are you worrying about dreams that you are having -- or NOT having -- about someone you have lost? Let's put those worries to rest.

If Grief Is a Contest, I Win

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Melissa Gould

I saw her mind racing. We were around the same age. She took in my long, dark hair, my mostly wrinkle-free face, my skinny jeans... It's not that I look so young, but I don't "look like" a widow. She covered her heart with her hands, I saw her struggle to come up with the "right thing" to say. "Yours is worse!" she uttered. If grief is a contest, I guess I win.

Lessons Learned From Losing a Love

Sylvia Theisen | Posted 05.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sylvia Theisen

I've learned that love and time really do heal -- that's not just corny sentiment. Our hearts are incredibly resilient and it is human nature to find a way to get back up and keep moving forward.

Life After Death: Moving Forward

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women
Melissa Gould

One weekend last October, Antonio and I were staying at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the central coast of California. We met another young widow there. She owned the B&B and was inspired, she told us, by the book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Her life changed upon reading it.

WATCH: Widowed Marine Wife Builds Business To Benefit Veterans

HooplaHa | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
HooplaHa

Brittney's loss of her marine husband inspired her to build a business to benefit veterans! At age 20, Brittney met, fell in love with and married Hun...

What I Have Discovered About Grief

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

"Time heals all wounds" is hollow consolation to someone who has endured the lacerations of loss. I often hear, "You won't get over it, but you will get through it" -- frequently from my own lips.

Healing Rituals for Widows and Divorcees

Nancy Sharp | Posted 04.28.2016 | Denver
Nancy Sharp

Audrey Boxwell is a Denver-based chaplain, pastoral counselor, and nationally recognized expert on the healing power of the mind, body, and spirit.

Life After Widowhood: How Looking Up Turned a Cynic Into a Yogi

Fiona Grinwald | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Fiona Grinwald

Because the truth is nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. A day which begins in an ordinary way can end with the extraordinary. And whilst I've learned that this is true for the worst days in our lives it can also, I'm sure, be true for the best. Onwards.

Can the Golden Girls Save Women's Retirement?

David Rae | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
David Rae

Golden Girls Retirement Plan, Part 4? Retirement Is a Women's Issue Pop Quiz: What's better for your bottom line, a dead spouse or an ex-spouse?...

Forgotten Love Note Returned To 92-Year-Old Widower 51 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 04.01.2016 | Weddings

A widower was surprised last weekend with a love note he'd written to his late wife on a piece of drywall 51 years ago. Rebecca Churan of Ontario, Ca...

10 Things You Probably Shouldn't Say To A Widow

Jasmine Cardinal | Posted 03.28.2016 | Women
Jasmine Cardinal

A few months after becoming a 30-year-old widow, I sought out support from people who could relate to me. It became apparent to me very quickly that many of us struggled, sometimes daily, with friends and family, sometimes even strangers, who say things to us that make us cringe.

Secrets for Successful Later-in-Life Marriages

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

It's helpful to recognize special challenges of later-in-life marriages so we can deal with them constructively. The three to be addressed here involve money, sex, and "unfinished business."

8 'Stupid' Things Caring People Say About Grief

Mark Liebenow | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

Many people have not lost someone close. They want to help and take the pain away, but they haven't experienced grief and often say what makes those who are grieving feel worse. These are some of the phrases I heard after my wife died. If you're inclined to say them to someone who is grieving, do this instead -- ask how the person is doing, and listen.

Finding My New Normal In Widowhood

Emily Zarecki | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Zarecki

While I was just embarking on a completely unknown journey called widowhood, knowing life would be very different was the only thing I was absolutely sure about.

A Love Affair With Life

Edie Weinstein | Posted 02.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Edie Weinstein

Over the weekend, I attended a conference that focused on relationships and the various ways we can engage both mindfully and heart-fully with each other.

Has Grief Made You Lose Your Mind?

Megan Devine | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Because we don't talk about the reality of grief in our culture, lots of grieving people think they're crazy. When my partner first died, I lost my m...

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.