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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.

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 ...

I May Be Remarried, But I'm Still a Widow

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Michelle E. Steinke

I can be both a wife to a man on this earth whom I love, and the widow to a man I fulfilled my vows to -- a man I will always love. I often have people ask me if I ever stop missing him or thinking about him -- especially since I'm re-married now. The answer is simple. No.

The Real Reason Commitment Is So Hard For Middle-Aged Singles

Debbie Weiss | Posted 09.30.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

We over-50 singles say we want to be in long-term, committed relationships. We want to find someone to grow old with. We just can't stomach any changes to our own lives.

Transitions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I have accepted the reality that, although we are still married, for all practical purposes I am already widowed and must start living a fuller life without Clare. Despite the many tears shed while coming to this decision, I am feeling a lot less stress now.

What to Do When Divorce or Widowhood Puts You in Financial Control for the First Time

Michael Most | Posted 09.23.2015 | Money
Michael Most

Taking an accounting of liabilities and expenses -- ie. what's owed -- is an essential first step to taking full financial control. In the case of divorce, which spouse will continue to pay for certain expenses is typically decided in the settlement.

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...

Dishing on Boldness and Daring With Gail Sheehy

Nancy Sharp | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Nancy Sharp

Sheehy was recently widowed, and much of her newest and most personal book, Daring: My Passages, is about moving on after the loss of her beloved husband, the legendary magazine editor and journalist Clay Felker.

Parental Advice and Climbing to the Top

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's most important to keep your heart, mind, and soul open in love and appreciation to those who have led by example to help you do your best for your own family. Perhaps our own children will remember this security and love, giving them the solid foundation that will help them break new ground in their own future family life.

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.

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 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 ...

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.

5 Things Not to Say to a New Widow

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

One of the common threads that all widows experienced were having to bear witness to uncomfortable comments. Sometimes, people do say the wrong things, and it stings.

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 Surreal Reality

Melissa Gould | Posted 04.19.2015 | 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.

Yagana Shah

Widower Devastated After Phone Company Wipes Last Recording Of Wife's Voice | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty

After losing his wife, Ruby, in 2003 to cancer, Stan Beaton held on to a voicemail greeting to keep her memory alive. But the recording he'd cherished...

7 Ways I've Changed For The Better In The 7 Years Since Turning 50

Judi Freedman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

This month marks seven years since the passing of my husband M. He left me two weeks shy of my 50th birthday. I often think about the words my bereavement coach S said during our class: 'The heart never mends after losing a spouse, the hole just gets smaller.'

Unreasonable Happiness

Edie Weinstein | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

How would you define happiness? For many people, it comes as a result of external events such as a relationship, a job, winning the lottery, buying a...

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...

The Art of Widowhood

Sola Agustsson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

"Widow's weeds" originally intended to simplify the female form and shroud a woman's grief, but the Metropolitan's new exhibit "Death Becomes Her" proves that these ensembles did just the opposite.

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 ...