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Are You Grieving 'Right'? What's Right, What's 'Wrong'... And WTF?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I have always taken great umbrage at anyone criticizing, questioning or opining on how the widowed handle their grief and their highly individual and intensely personal healing journeys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

5 Bizarre Ways The World Can Kill You Without Warning

Cracked | Posted 03.21.2014 | Weird News

Let's face it: we're all going to die someday. From getting swallowed by an enormous sea creature to getting hit by a teleported car, here are jus...

My First Patient

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

Lying before us was a man who had willingly decided that, upon his passing, his body be donated to science. That decision brought with it such powerful consequences that it affected not only the education of medical students but also the lives of the countless patients we would one day treat.

The Club I Never Wanted to Join

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

My dad is still very much alive. Yet I find myself holding desperately to memories of how he once was. How we once were. I am grieving, but not in the "normal" sense.

10 Reasons I'm a Funeral Director

Caleb Wilde | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
Caleb Wilde

Perhaps there's no greater freedom than to live life with a healthy relationship with death. That healthy relationship allows you embracing each moment, realizing that we are not promised tomorrow. This good relationship with death has been given to me by the funeral profession.

Grief Online: The Dos and Don'ts of Internet Etiquette

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
Dr. Candi K. Cann

With so much of our socializing done virtually, it is no surprise that we are grieving and mourning the deaths of our loved ones online too. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for grieving online.

All Creatures Great and Small: A Lesson in Mourning

Helen Davey | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Many of you may have read about the life of the legendary "Elephant Whisperer," conservationist and author Lawrence Anthony, who established (and live...

Death Runs in My Family

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dirk Hughes

Not only is this a certainty, but it is also a certainty that can happen at any time. It's not easy to stay positive with that kind of reality hanging over you. So what can we do?

Hospice: A Higher Calling

Brent Green | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.

11 Healthy Ways to Grieve

Margaret Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

Death is inevitable. To be repulsed by death is to be repulsed by life itself. Both poles must exist and be in balance. Light and shadow. Yin and yang. Dream and waking. Winter and summer.

Not 'Just a Cat' -- Surprising Responses to My Mourning

Lea Lane | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

She liked just about anyone. But most of all, this darling animal loved me, keeping tight company with me through good times and bad. She was never "just a cat." She was just a great cat.

Have You Heard You're Not Alone in Your Grief? It Isn't Really True

Megan Devine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.

7 Tender and Magnificent Lessons That Death Can Teach Us

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

When all is said and done in our lives, most of us find that our greatest treasures were tender and heartfelt moments shared with others. So remember that as you journey through your life.

Facing the Great Unknown

Deborah King | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

When I got the call on Christmas Eve, I thought, "This is it, my mother is dying." But with hands-on care, this 89-year-old woman fought off yet ano...

The Dauntingly Large Envelope I Received A Month After My Husband's Death

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It was January, 2001; one month after my husband's death. I awakened one morning to an envelope sent by a dauntingly large law firm; something that no one needs to receive immediately after you have buried your beloved.

Read This If Your Father Is Still Alive

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mitch Ditkoff

If only we could pay as much attention to the living as we do to the dying. If only we could stop long enough from whatever occupies our time and truly care for each other, aware of just how precious each breath is, each word, each touch, each glance.

For My Dear Friend Roger Ebert and Other Loved Ones Lost in 2013

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

This year, I knew I was old. And among the lamented were, for the first time, close friends who'd shared my journey. The first and most difficult for me, still, to release, was Roger Ebert, my old Sun Times colleague and biggest "fan"who believed in my talent more than anyone, always.

Jaweed Kaleem

Kicking Off New Year With Death Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinner...

THIS Is The Kind Of Death I'm Hoping For

Roz Warren | Posted 02.14.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Actor Paul Walker, the star of 'Fast & Furious,' a movie series about fiery car crashes, just died in a fiery car crash. Death, always, sucks. But an ironic death? Even worse. I hope to die doing something totally unremarkable. Dusting the bookshelves. Walking the dog. Soaking in the tub.

'Getting Old Sucks!'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

My father has only been truly old, as defined by his health and functioning, for perhaps five years, yet he was young and vigorous for decades before that. It takes time for perception to catch up with reality, but I'm not sure it ever does.

Upon the Death of My Mother: Bridging Two Realities

David Bedrick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

I visited my mother just a few months before she passed; that was about two years ago now. We went out to dinner in a restaurant attached to a casino....

Death Is Not Destroy

Yasmin Grothé | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Yasmin Grothé

At one point I called him one night, panic-stricken, asking what I was going to do without him and he calmly said: "But sweetheart, if death was such a huge problem, don't you think we would have found a solution already?"

A Case for Watching Time of Death

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We don't always have the luxury of being able to manage our death, but there are options other than aggressive treatment that may be more appropriate for us -- depending on whether quality of life or quantity of life is more important to us.

Jaweed Kaleem

New TV Series Shows The Lives And Deaths Of The Terminally Ill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

At 12:26 a.m. on July 13, Nicolle Kissee, a 19-year-old with stage 4 melanoma, took her last breath in a hospital bed in Southern California. Her mout...

Beautiful Photo Captures Elderly Couple's Enduring Love

Posted 10.30.2013 | Weddings

If there's a photo out there that more beautifully captures enduring love, we're not sure we've seen it. Redditor downvotestickle writes of the ph...