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The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.24.2016 | 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 ...

The Big Secret Nobody Tells You About Dating In Middle Age

Wes Gibson | Posted 09.23.2016 | Fifty
Wes Gibson

After the passing of my wife of 31 years, I found myself alone for the first time in my life. My choices: spend the rest of my life living alone or jump into the over-50 dating pool. Having run into several issues over the years, I am still debating the pros and cons of those choices.

A Widower's 9 Tips For Getting Back Into The Dating Game

High50 | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty

When Gord Smiley found himself single after losing his wife of 28 years, he thought dating again would be daunting. But he got in shape, learned to listen and took up skiing -- and says it worked.

Re-Dos: What's Behind Second Marriage?

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 01.16.2015 | Divorce
Tara Sonenshine

In America you can't marry a second time unless you are divorced or widowed. Despite contradictory data on divorce rates, the fact is that the baby boomers have driven up the numbers on divorce and remarriage.

Dating Tips For Widows, From A Widow

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 03.02.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM In 2006, after the death of her husband, Richard Carlson, Ph.D., author of the best-selling "Don’t Sweat the Small ...

The Cost Of Aging Alone

Next Avenue | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross The number of Americans living single is soaring, and our bag-lady fears may not be so far-fetched Old...

The Outrageous Letter I Received 30 Days After My Husband Died

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The letter stated that I was "obviously responsible" for "taking care of your husband's obligations" and that if they did not receive payment in full within 30 days, they would take further action. Did I mention that almost all of the officers of said financial institution were guests at our wedding? And his funeral?

'He's In A Better Place' -- And 14 Other Things You Should NEVER Say To The Bereaved

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.13.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

When someone says: 'He's in a better place.' What the widowed are thinking is: 'Better than here with me?'

6 Survival Strategies For All Single Parents

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
M. Lin

You matter. Your children may be the center of your universe, but it doesn't mean that you have to disappear to give them everything they need.

How to Console a Grieving Friend During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Consoling a griever can feel like a frightening task. However, if you follow these six tips designed to open your heart and offer your support, your grieving friend will be most grateful.

Bra Clasps and Dating at 51

Michael Apstein | Posted 12.18.2011 | Fifty
Michael Apstein

Basically, I suck at dating. Maybe I waited too long. I was wrecked by the loss of my wife, and had young teens at home I was suddenly raising on my own, so despite friends and professionals pushing, I waited. About three and a half years I waited.

Dead Moms = Better Dads?

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

There was a lot of excitement two years ago when Clive Owen's movie The Boys Are Back, based on the true story of a single dad, was released. A lot of...

Safe Haven: Another Safe Story From Sparks

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Sparks writes sentimental tearjerkers that are just dramatic enough to be engrossing and just sad enough to bring on tears. Most critics give his novels short shrift and dismiss him as a pop author.

Know Your 1,138 Marital Privileges, Courtesy of the Feds

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The report also makes it clear that some of the 1,000+ laws identified "may not directly create benefits, rights, or privileges" for married people.