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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...

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...

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.

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.

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?...

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.

I'm Not A 'Good' Widow (And That's Okay)

Nora McInerny Purmort | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora McInerny Purmort

The cure for grief is not "be not sad" and the cure for anger isn't "be unangry!" It's feeling all of the things, even the uncomfortable ones, without judging yourself for them. Your job, when bad shit happens, is to get through it however you can. It is not your job to make your life more palatable for other people.

Why This Widow Has Deemed This The 'Year Of No'

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Shonda Rimes has a wonderful new book called 'A Year of Yes', where she talks about being fearless enough to answer yes to new adventures. The loss of my sweet husband Peter has forced me to create my own opposite book -- 'A Year of No.'

I'm A Widow. Why Shouldn't Sex Be Part Of My Life?

Teresa Marchesi | Posted 01.13.2016 | Women
Teresa Marchesi

What if your most pressing need was simply to bring your female body back to life? I need to be kissed, embraced, held the way a man holds a woman... I need to remember what it feels like.

The Man That Came After

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Michelle E. Steinke

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I penned the fairytale ending with the same man I...

How To Practice Gratitude During Your Life After 50

Judi Freedman | Posted 12.30.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

Tomorrow will mark eight years since my husband M died. As my grief instructor S said shortly after M's passing: 'The hole in your heart will get smaller, but it will never fully close.' S was right. My life has evolved a great deal since those dark days of December 2007.

When a White Christmas Turns Blue: Surviving Grief During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There may be many reasons to feel stressed during the holidays, but grief brings its own brand of challenges. If you're grieving this year and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Easter Brides and Christmas Widows

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

My husband and I, on our wedding day, holding a photo of my late parents. "The heart/never fits/the journey./Always/one ends/first." -- Jack Gilbert ...

It's Been 3 Years Since My Spouse's Death And I'm Still In Pain

Debbie Weiss | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

In the two and a half years since my husband died, I thought I'd feel better about my life without him. But I don't. Especially during the holiday season when I feel my loss even more piercingly than usual. And having to say that everything's going great just makes it worse.

Connecting With Other Widows In Order To Cope With My Grief

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 12.17.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

Since losing my husband earlier this year, I have become closer online with other widows. Old friends from my New York days and several friends in Los Angeles have been an unexpected comfort. They have known the pain, and by their example, I see a glimmer of light.

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 remarkable ...