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Dealing With Grief

WATCH: Widow Addicted To Eating Her Husband's Ashes

Posted 10.08.2011 | Home

Last night, the season 2 finale of TLC's My Strange Addiction featured Casie, a 26-year-old widow tragically addicted to a ghastly meal: the ashy rema...

Grief and Kids: Healing Through Humor

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 10.04.2011 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

My husband was the master of the off the cuff-comment and quick comeback. For almost 22 years of marriage, all I tried to do was keep up. And since his death from cancer in April, all I've tried to do is keep it up.

Don't Tell Me It's OK

Sue Doble | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Sue Doble

Dec. 16, 2007, God called my beloved home. Anger and grief filled my being. Mostly, I was angry at God. How dare He let this happen when we were on our way to a different life?

The Spiritual Side Of Bereavement

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

We all have beliefs that give us some sense of security; that make sense of the world and offer a code for life. Sometimes a loss deeply challenges those notions, leading to a crisis of belief.

Parentless Parents: Remembering Your Dad on Father's Day

Allison Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2011 | Women
Allison Gilbert

Father's Day can be particularly challenging if you've lost your dad. I'm a mom of two young children, and my father passed away when my son, our oldest, was just 18-months-old.

A Father and a Daughter Talk About Loss: What It Was Like to Grieve a Wife and Mother

Meghan O'Rourke | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women
Meghan O'Rourke

by Meghan O'Rourke and Paul O'Rourke When I wrote a book about my mother's death, my focus wasn't my father or his experience, though at many points ...

Remembering My Father On Memorial Day

Laura Munson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Munson

I write that pain can be our guide, and I believe this with all my heart. Maybe what I have learned about the pain that comes with grief has to do with welcoming it. Not resisting it.

Parentless Parents: Strategies For A Better Mother's Day

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

The truth is, being a mom hasn't removed the part of me that was also a daughter, and sometimes Mother's Day is just a painful reminder of her absence. So what can one do to make Mother's Day less painful and a lot more joyful?

Need Healing From Grief? Tell Your Story

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Are the tragedies of our modern day having an impact of you? Has someone close to you been taken away? Tell your story. Without stories, we rob ourselves of the ability to truly celebrate life.

6 Mindful Strategies To Recover From The Shock Of Loss

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

I don't believe we ever get over a significant loss, but we do learn to move through it, live with it, and perhaps even use it creatively to find our life's purpose and harvest its lessons.

What To Expect When A Loved One Receives A Terminal Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Diseases and conditions that once proved quickly fatal no longer are. Instead, individuals and their families are increasingly likely to find themselves mired in a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis.

Novel Ways To Think About Grief

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

This new grief is different. For one thing, it includes the loved one with the diagnosis. It also draws in the entire family into a prolonged crisis that some of our interviewees aptly described as "learning to live with death."

Can We Be Truly Good? The Transcendent And Sacred Possibilities In Humans

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Is there such a thing as disinterested goodness? In the world of faith I believe there is -- and I offer a brief, wonderful story to reinforce the point.

Unplug And Recharge: The Benefits Of Taking A Break

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

Family loss has kept me away from writing here for a while. It has not been easy to slow down, but knowing that it's a healthy choice, I have had to find a way to be okay with being still.

We Should Work Through Our Grief, Not Medicate It Away

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Grief is not a pathology, and it is not a medical condition. It is neither a luxury nor something to just get over. Grief is a part of life.

Letter From Paris: "The Talent of His Generation"

Beth Arnold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Arnold

The unsaid truth about grief is it never dies. Yes, the shock eventually subsides, and, sooner or later, each day gets easier to face. But part of me left with Brent, and it is a part of me that can never be found.

Is There 'Life After Death' For You (VIDEO)

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

None of us are strangers to death. But, for some, the wound comes at a particularly difficult time. You might not even know that the person sitting next to you carries one similar to yours.

The New Grief: When Your Family Can't Cope With Your Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

What we call "the new grief" begins when a family member learns that he or she has a terminal or potentially terminal illness. Receiving that kind of diagnosis confronts families with a distinct type of crisis.

Overcoming Grief Through Community And Grace

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

All of us have vocational moments or experiences in our lives that God uses to reveal our passion and purpose in life. For me, these vocational moments evolve into a deeper calling to ordained ministry.

How Doctors Talk With Families

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

How do we determine how much reality a family can handle? Or more important, how much are they willing to hear?

FACE IT: Funerals Can Be Life Affirming

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Attending a funeral is beneficial not only to those closest to the bereaved, but is a healing and necessary way to help them -- and us -- move on. And to remind us that every moment counts.

Death, Impermanence And Continuity

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

At the intellectual level everybody knows we are going to die, but what does death really mean? One interpretation is that we suffer because we do not understand or fully relate to impermanence.

8 Tips for Mindfully Processing Grief

New Harbinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

By Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., author of Grieving Mindfully and The Mindful Path Through Worry and Rumination Grief happens to all of us at some time in o...

Destigmatizing Death and Dying Through Social Media

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Deat is a part of life, and I welcome that they are part of the 21st century chronicles of life, reality television and the Internet--mediums that have the power to inform, connect and entertain.

More Adventures in Grieving

Julie Gray | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

You can't go around it, you can't go over it, no, you have to go through grief with wobbly legs. Like patches of black ice, grief takes you by surprise and spins you round the other way.