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Coping With Death

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

Jinna Yang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Jinna Yang

Was I scared to leave a steady paycheck, long-term boyfriend, friends and family to travel the world for a month with a lifesize cutout of my late father? ABSOLUTELY. Do I regret doing it? Absolutely not.

Melissa Rivers' Grief Journey: From Silence to Advocacy

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Melissa's experience compels her to now speak candidly to the public. She offers this frank advice and reassurance to grievers.

Changing the Way We Experience Loss and Death

Laura McCorkindale | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Laura McCorkindale

This is the one gem of light in the otherwise torturous loss of a loved one. Being conscious of this gift, allowing it and remembering it (for yourself and others) could be life changing during grieving, so spread the word.

An Open Letter to the Graduating Class of Malibu High 2014

Michel Shane | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Michel Shane

This graduation is bittersweet for me, as Emily's father I have watched many of you grow up to become the fine young men and women you now are. I see you and wonder what she would be like and the adventures she would be on.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

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.

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines.

Learning to Live With Loss (Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Sara Hurwitz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Sara Hurwitz

We cannot hide from reality forever. We cannot occupy the role of Yosef Ha-Kohen indefinitely. For some, the veil behind which they stand might be the law, but for others it could be any number of behaviors.

Supporting Those Who Grieve

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Do you ever wonder what you can or should do for a friend or family member after they have experienced the death of someone close to them? Should you mention the person who died? Will it upset them if you do? How do you find the words to express your condolences?

Healthy Grieving

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

When someone you love leaves the planet, you are no longer quite the same person. Wishing to return to your old self is an exercise in defeat. Instead, recognize that you are growing into a new self. This new self will integrate love, loss and change. Life is always about change and integration.

Thanks Bode, for Letting Us See a Grieving Brother Cry

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda K. Wertheimer

Maybe NBC should have pulled the camera away sooner, but I don't regret that the world got to see how much Bode Miller loved and missed his little brother. His show of grief likely will help other grieving brothers and sisters with sorrow much more raw than mine.

The Words That Helped Iyanla Vanzant Cope With Tragic Loss

OWN | Posted 02.06.2014 | OWN

On Christmas Day 2003, Iyanla Vanzant lost her 30-year-old daughter Gemmia to a rare form of colon cancer. A few months later, she sat down and read t...

How Many People Does it Take to Fill the Hole in My Heart After My Husband Dies?

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Looking back over what I have done and with whom, I am staggered to realize it has taken 18 people to keep me on an even keel for two weeks.

Mourning a Friend I Never Met

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.26.2014 | Good News
Sherman Yellen

She didn't email or have a computer, but she had something better than that for communicating: a generous heart.

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

Merry? Happy? Perhaps Not for Those Who Are Grieving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

As we move through the holiday season and head into the New Year, our society sends the message loud and clear: this is a time to rejoice, spread good...

Farewell, Tata

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Diann Rust-Tierney

When I think of a world without our beloved Mandela, I imagine how empty it will feel without his great intellect and incredible gift.

I Waged A War Against Depression

Tanner Snider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Tanner Snider

Everything seemed out of control. My family had always felt safe, now it felt chaotic, random, uncontrolled. Looking back now, I see how that dark July day, a day so final, marked my beginning.

8 Ways to Survive a Loved One's Suicide

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

Time will help you to heal, even though it seems to get worse before it gets better. Know that as each day, month or year passes, the hurt will lesson. Life will go on, and so will you.

Embracing the Full Weight of Loss

Andrew Morgan | Posted 10.20.2013 | Good News
Andrew Morgan

I held him in my arms on the side of the road, sat with him in the ambulance, and heard those unforgettable words in a small hospital waiting room. "We did everything we could." And just like that he was gone. He was 52 years old.

Grief Intelligence: A Primer

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Those who expect grievers to eventually get back to their old selves, will be quite disappointed. Grief, like all major life experiences, changes a person irrevocably.

Saying Goodbye To The Love Of My Life

Joan Price | Posted 10.02.2013 | Fifty
Joan Price

August 2, 2008: I crawled into Robert's bed and wrapped my body around his. If I could only get close enough to make the last hour, the last months, disappear. I hugged him tightly, desperately. I wailed his name and listened to his silence, remembering his murmurs, his words of love.

The Top 5 Things to Do When a Loved One Is Dying

Judith Johnson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Needless to say, we are not taught how to face our own death or that of a loved one, and are likely to panic in death's presence. So start by recognizing this state of affairs, and don't pressure yourself to "do it right."

What I Hope My Girls Remember About Me

Liz Gumbinner | Posted 09.19.2013 | Parents
Liz Gumbinner

Mostly we all parent by the seat of our pants, don't we? I know I sure do. We're so busy catching up, just checking off the to-do list (or more likely, not checking off the to-do list and just stealthily bumping the task to the next day then the next then the next...), there's not always time to reflect.