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Coping With Death

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

What It's Like When Your Cat Unexpectedly Dies

Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Arin Greenwood

My husband and I were having one of our usual arguments when we heard a thud from our bedroom closet. Figuring it was our daredevil cat up to his usual mischief, I got up to see what heavy object Derrick had decided to knock off a shelf this time.

Parenting While Coping With the Loss of a Parent

Amy Heinz | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I'm unprepared to be a mom who no longer has a dad. But that's who I am. So instead of looking to my dad for advice, I'm looking for signs of him as inspiration

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.

Lessons From A Father Grieving His Teen's Suicide

Sam Fiorella | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Fiorella

The inadequacy of words that console is exacerbated when a child takes his or her own life. It's a loss that adds the additional burdens of unbearable remorse and unanswered questions to already grieving parents; the general ambiguity heightens the pain and prolongs the grieving process.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

Deepak Chopra Shows A Grieving Mother A Daily Practice To Bring Her Peace

OWN | Posted 09.08.2014 | OWN

Valerie is a 43-year-old mother of three who is grieving the unexpected loss of her eldest daughter. After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9, she...

Grief Isn't for the Faint of Heart

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

I've written about the death of my husband here -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-meekhof/the-moment-i-knew_25_b_3414936.html -- and I've writ...

Rare Bird: Learning About Hope From a Grieving Mother

Kristin Shaw | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Kristin Shaw

I detest the news. In fact, the news has become so frightening to me, especially now that I have a son, that I often avoid it. I know it's not the responsible, civic thing to do, but sometimes, it's the only way I stay sane.

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

Jinna Yang | Posted 09.20.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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.