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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Empowering Widows Across the World

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

Lord Loomba, CBE, receiving his lifetime achievement award from Abid Qureshi, President, UNA-NY Photography by Melanie Quinn Photography; Used with...

Yagana Shah

The Way This Widower Keeps His Wife's Memory Alive Will Melt Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty

It's never easy dining out alone -- but one man has found the perfect, sweetest way to ensure he never feels lonely. Twitter user Madina Bashizadah...

The 4 Stages of Post-Loss Dating

Abigail Carter | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Abigail Carter

I stood before a group of 30-40 widows and widowers in a brightly-lit Toronto hotel conference room, my PowerPoint presentation on a large screen behind me, not exactly the atmosphere you might choose to talk about post-loss dating.

Write the Story You Want to Live

Nancy Sharp | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nancy Sharp

I used to believe that all stories had a beginning, middle and end. While in the most obvious of ways, Brett's death was a finite end; it would take years for me to realize not only that the three of us could make a pleasing new life but that doing so meant rewriting our story.

Your Grief in Print

Christine Stoddard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Grief may be private or it may be communal. Either way, it is a personal emotion, experience, and era that you either choose to share or not.

Rebirthing After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I find rebirthing to be excruciating. I am consciously participating in its unfolding. That is part of the pain. The awareness. The consciousness. The involvement. It is not going easily or quietly or calmly. It is agony. Filled with bottomless voids, and oh so many memories. Memories of the past and of what could have been. But will not be. And I struggle to make new memories.

The Reward Is In The Risk: Dating A Risk Taker When You're Widowed

Abigail Carter | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Abigail Carter

From Arron, his death and now from Jim, I have learned so much about living life. Doing things that scare you, saying "yes" as much as possible, being exhausted in a good way. From Jim, I have learned that some risks are fun and have adventuresome outcomes and some are not worth taking. The trick is knowing the difference.