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Coping With Grief

The Description Of Grief That Gave Madonna Badger Hope: 'It Changed Everything'

OWN | Posted 10.28.2014 | OWN

After former advertising agency owner Madonna Badger tragically lost her two parents and three daughters in a Christmas Day house fire in 2011, her gr...

Food for Thought on Yom Kippur: Suicide and Mental Illness

Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D.

I'm often asked whether suicide is a "choice," and of course in some literal sense it is. Yet it's a decision profoundly influenced by the hopelessness, distorted thinking, and compromised decision-making that can result from serious mental illnesses.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

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...

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.

Searching for Seva: How Learning to Help Others Their Way Healed My Life

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

On an August day in 2012, in a remote jungle village in Peru, a group of little girls jostled each other for a turn at a newly installed spigot, where they could fill plastic cups for their first-ever drink of filtered water.

Letting Go of Pieces of the Past

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

What do I do with this dream? And now these thoughts? What part of the past is dragging me down? What part of the past can I let go of?

Countdown to the First Anniversary of My Husband's Death

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Time keeps marching on -- relentlessly. Passed nine months, and it's halfway to ten months. I feel like I am in a Space Shuttle launch countdown seque...

Here Is What You Do When You Are Grieving

Katherine Fritz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Women
Katherine Fritz

Weakness and vulnerability are not the same. In case you'd forgotten. It is sometimes helpful to remember this.

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.

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.

Life in a Bubble With Pain and Grief

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

They don't want to see inside. They don't want to see my pain. To them I am on a girls' night out. They forget while they go home to their respective husbands, I go home to an empty house.

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

I Can Find Myself Whole in the Dimension of Grief

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

We sit on her balcony overlooking the ocean and talk and cry together. She suggests we drive into Santa Barbara and do a little shopping. What a delightful idea. But driving through the town overwhelms me with memories

Hitting the Life Reset Button: My Forrest Gump Moment

Fawn Germer | Posted 05.25.2014 | Good News
Fawn Germer

I had no plan for how far I would walk each day or how long it would take, but I was done being sad. It was time to go.

An Unexpected Life Preserver After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I found this poem, again. Rob believed that he had experienced a life/death choice during his surgery and wrote this poem from it. I always read it thinking of cancer and illness and death. Now I feel he wrote it as a lifeline to me.

8 Ways to Cope With Grief at Milestones

Omega Institute | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Author of Broken Open Elizabeth Lesser and Zen psychologist Brenda Shoshanna offer practical ways to make milestones manageable for those who are grie...

How I Began Life Over Again After The Death Of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 02.11.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

After two exhaustive rounds of chemotherapy over a couple of years, Robert, my husband of 42 years, could just not ever get warm. The heat was set up high, there were heaters in every room and we got an electric blanket for the bed.

Tears for My Mom

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

It would have been easy for me as the officiating rabbi to try hide my emotions. However, when I revealed a layer of my soul I offered comfort and ignited the souls of everyone in the room.

Why This Broken Bowl Broke My Heart

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Claire Bidwell Smith

I admit that I would feel much less pain over all this if I didn't care about the bowl in the first place. But I also think that there would be far less beauty in my life if I didn't care about it.

Is There A Downside To Empathy?

Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By Adam Hoffman Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress ...

How Travel Helped One Woman Cope With Overwhelming Grief

Tory Zellick | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

Four weeks after my mom passed away, my dad, brother and I purchased one-way tickets to Bangkok, Thailand, via Maui, Hawaii, with the intention of relaxing, reflecting, working through our pain as a team, and returning home with a renewed sense of excitement about life.

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."

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

What to Say to Yourself (And Those You Love) When the Worst-Case Scenario Comes True

Alexandra Franzen | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Franzen

What do you say to console someone who has seen the ugliest side of humanity? Who has faced their worst nightmare? Who has lost everything? What do you say to comfort yourself? I'm not an expert on grief and loss, but fortunately, I happen to know one.