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Death of a Spouse

Letting Go of Pieces of the Past

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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...

Brown-Eyed Boy

Michelle E. Steinke | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Michelle E. Steinke

Widowhood is full of mixed emotions. On any given day the same situation can hit me a hundred different ways.

Dating After The Death Of A Spouse, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, had some powerful insights to lend on the highly personal topic of dating after the death of a spouse. “Deci...

How Travel Can Help Heal Your Grief or Pain

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

No, you'll never be the same, and yes, you'll have only memories and photographs where once there was a person who made you feel more alive. But you can start down a new path.

Freedom Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be Now That I'm A Widow

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

This past weekend was jam packed, again, still. A combination of my need to keep busy and the freedom to actually be able to get out. But obviously that freedom comes at a high price.

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.

Losing a Partner: How to Recover from the Loss of a Loved One

Margaret Manning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Accept the love and support of family and friends at this time, but understand that they may not know what to say or do.

Welcome To Week 1 Of Bereavement Boot Camp

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.12.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Welcome to Week One of 'Bereavement Boot Camp'. Did I just scare you? Relax. Let me reassure you that that this particular Boot Camp does not include barking drill sergeants and 20-mile hikes.

The Widow's Guilt

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Kristin Meekhof

After my husband's death, I came home to complete silence. He died in the midst of a Michigan winter. This meant it was dark by 6 p.m. and cold. Curled up with a blanket on the couch, I had the fantasy that I would quit my job, move to Hawaii and walk on the beach.

End Of The Season

Robert Julian | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

It has been seven weeks since the sudden death of Patrick, my partner of 23 years. You might say that I have stepped out for intermission. Maybe I could tell you that the production has been shut down, that the play will be rewritten for later debut in a more hospitable season.

Do We Frown Upon Widows Seeking Love? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty

After all I’d seen, all I’d done and failed to do, I couldn’t imagine having the will again to take on responsibility for another person. The idea that I might stand before my friends in a white dress and pledge to love someone else in sickness and in health? Unthinkable.

How I Embraced A New Me After The Loss Of My Spouse

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The widowed community generally spends a lot of time talking about how much late spouses are missed. Not only is this completely and totally normal, it is also a welcome catharsis and a necessary factor in moving through the grieving process. But do you ever miss 'you' as well?

'Ex' Does NOT Mark The Spot

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.24.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

At exactly what point in time did a late spouse become an "EX"?

Second Chances

Felice Shapiro | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

We weren't totally done with our mourning, we never would be, but that day we were all ready to celebrate. Bill had captured us all with his smile, his sincerity and his love, and now we were celebrating a new beginning with a man who was welcomed in with a communal hug.

The Topic that Leaves This Baby Boomer Speechless Every Time

Beverly Mahone | Posted 10.14.2012 | Fifty
Beverly Mahone

I'm a communicator. I can hold my own in practically any conversation but there is one subject that stops me dead in my tracks every time...

The Chaos Of Caregiving: 'Everything Is Fine Until One Day It Isn't'

Dorothy Sander | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Dorothy Sander

When we talk about caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue or the stress of caretaking in general, perhaps the most important dimension to address is that of the emotional upheaval, the undertaking of the grieving process that often begins in earnest and lies buried in silence far too long.

Going to Therapy with my Mother

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.16.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

"Don't let your life be all about men the way mine has been," my mom said on the long distance line as I sobbed about my latest tortured love affair circa 1991.

Why Your Seriously Ill Ex May STILL Be Your Problem

Marsha Temlock | Posted 06.06.2012 | Divorce
Marsha Temlock

What is one's moral obligation when the ex is seriously ill? For a variety of reasons, former spouses will react with sadness, remorse, guilt, bitterness, and, dare I say, relief that the end is in sight.

Jumping the Fence

Kathleen Fordyce Rohan | Posted 06.09.2012 | Women
Kathleen Fordyce Rohan

Did I do everything I could to help him? Why do I get to live, blessed so far to be disease free? Why am I the lucky one who gets to enjoy the feel of our son's little arms around my neck?

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 ...