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#Bereavement

Review Essay on "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.21.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

The friend who gave me the book knew that I had been investigating and writing about the phenomenology of traumatic loss since the death of my late wife in February of 1991 shattered my world.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...

Aging Boomers: Is 50 Really the New 30?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Fifty
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

How do we venerate age? How do we talk about death, dying, and grief? How do we comfort the bereaved? How do we honor the memories and legacies of loved ones?

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

Abigail Carter | Posted 08.07.2014 | 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.

Don't Label My Late Child a Hero

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

But I remain guarded about the reckless use of the "h" word when it comes to cancer. Natasha was kind, compassionate and gracious, but over time she did not bear her disease with astonishing bravery.

Losing a Pet and How to Keep its Presence Alive in the Home

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 07.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sybil Adelman Sage

I'm not surprised to read that pets have become extremely important to young singles, who find that a dog or cat is less stressful than being with a lover (though in defense of humans, an animal, no matter how devoted, will never pick up the cleaning).

Tips for Coping With Traumatic Loss: Non-Profit Assisting Bereaved Military Families Shares Advice

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bonnie Carroll

Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy, but a sudden and traumatic loss can raise special concerns for the family members and friends left behind. These deaths are unexpected and survivors must grapple with the knowledge that their loved ones experienced trauma.

The Edge of Grief: A Summer Reflection

Ellen Frankel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

As a bereavement counselor, it is my job to help create a safe space to give voice to the unspeakable, and to companion others in their grief journey as they travel into the wilderness of their soul in search of their own inner knowing and truth.

'Til Death Do Us Not Part: 5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Deceased Spouse

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

You will likely always long for their physical presence, but recognizing that you still have a relationship is one way to soothe the sorrow. Staying connected fortifies you so that you can engage with life, connect to the living, and make meaning out of your loss.

Cry for Sanity

Robi Damelin | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Robi Damelin

How is it possible for us to allow for a whole nation of Israeli and Palestinian children living in the south of Israel and Gaza to be in a state of permanent fear? What sort of adults will they become? We have a responsibility for their future and for the trauma that they suffer.

Grief and Faith

Pamela Brill | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

Whether it's God or Nature or a Spirit of the Universe -- it carries broken mothers and wraps them in an ethereal shawl. Like a mother wraps her children and keeps them warm.

Don't Be Afraid to Tackle the Mental Health Issues Associated With Grief

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

There are times when grief's accompanying depression, anxiety, emotional and spiritual distress becomes too difficult for the bereaved person to bear. That's when the right resources need to be activated.

Meet The Bereaved Parents Doing Amazing Things In The Face Of Unfathomable Loss

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

For parents, there is no greater fear than the death of a child. This devastating loss raises difficult questions about how to cope and how to pro...

How To Find Peace On Father's Day When Dad Is No Longer Around

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Father's Day, 2001. A day that did not start out well. A day on which I had never felt more or completely alone. You see, by the time Father's Day 2001 arrived, I had been widowed for all of five months. As if that were not enough, my own father died two weeks prior to Father's Day.

Why So Many People Go Sideways When Death Visits A Family

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

There is another arena where 'armchair quarterbacks' also exist -- except this time, those who sit in the metaphorical armchairs have the ability and occasionally, the actual desire to wreak havoc, cause pain and outright destroy relationships.

Why Some People View Widows As 'Threats'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Immediately after Mike's passing, the demeanor of this once warm and welcoming woman flipped 180 degrees.

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

Why 'Getting Over It' Is A Myth You Should Ignore

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I had been widowed just over a year and well into my own Healing Journey when my mother gave me some very wise advice (which I both follow and dole out to this day). She told me to stop and look back at how far I had progressed since that awful season in time when my husband passed away. When I actually took the time to stop and examine how far I had progressed to that point (and have progressed since that time many years ago), I started worrying less about being "over it" and started appreciating the healing that I had accomplished instead.

6 Ways That Adolescent Grief Is Different

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grieving adolescents are often left to fend for themselves or are offered support from counselors outside their community immediately after an event. Such support may be unwelcome, particularly by adolescents.

Finding My Tribe After the Death of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

There is laughter and smiles and happy recollections of our late children, and there are tears and sobs and anguished recollections of our late children.

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

Megan Devine | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Sometimes it just makes it easier on you, easier on your heart and mind, if you simply stop trying to explain. Refusing to explain or defend your grief doesn't mean you let other people go on and on about it, continually telling you how you should live.

Are You Grieving 'Right'? What's Right, What's 'Wrong'... And WTF?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I have always taken great umbrage at anyone criticizing, questioning or opining on how the widowed handle their grief and their highly individual and intensely personal healing journeys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

Man Writes Beautiful Prayers After Wife's Death

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) From a young age Alden Solovy spent part of every workday engaged in writing. A journalist and editor by profession, he also wrote poe...

The Myth of 'Closure' -- One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombings

John Tsilimparis | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Whenever our sense of safety and security is shattered by these types of events, restoring that emotional stability is not a simple undertaking. The central nervous system needs time to reset and process the loss of that very same safety and security that was taken away.

3 Keys to Empowerment While Grieving

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Berrien

To have loss is to be human. With each loss, we add on to our layers of experience. We always hold the ability to honor our losses with grace and dignity. There is nothing weak or small about this journey