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Grief and Loss

Holiday Grief: Losing Susan and Keeping Her Memory Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

So how do I or anyone else who has had a loss get through the holidays? A simple way is to bake or cook something that your loved one made. In fact, Susan's Cincinnati family held a carrot cake bake-off on Thanksgiving in her memory. Everyone put on blindfolds as they taste-tested Susan's cake and other carrot cakes -- one from a renowned bakery. While Susan's cake didn't win, the activity certainly kept her memory alive!

When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly an...

The Education Of The Motherless Daughter

Kathleen Smith | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Kathleen Smith

With enough kindness towards youtself, enough head pats and good snacks, you grow fond of the person you are because of, and in spite of, losing your mom.

Why I Let My Kids Play at the Cemetery

Jennifer Meer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

The amazing thing about childhood is that it is the very antithesis of appropriate. Kids don't pause to consider what's right or fair or even what's needed. They just breathe in each moment of life and live it to its fullest.

When Grief and Absence Decorate Your Holiday Table

Erica Ford | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My childhood family may have fallen apart, but my mother is still here. She's in me, in my children. I still won't make that fancy lonely Thanksgiving feast like my mother did, but they're going to know how important they are.

Moving Through Grief and Loss

Danielle Vaughn | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Vaughn

We live in a world of constant gain and loss, and the common denominator is always love. Love is who we are, love is where we are from and love is how we are all connected. Tap into it and know that the moment when you do, your loved one is doing the same.

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Dr. Norma Bowe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Norma Bowe

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.

Grieving in the Facebook Era

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ana I. Grande

Let us remember that grieving is more than social media, too. It is an embrace of those living that allows the darkness of our souls to receive light; it is a touch of hands that guides us through our journey and an elevated prayer for those who have left us in God's perfect order.

Moving Through Grief

Mark Malinowski | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

When you lose someone in your life who you love more than yourself, the experience will change you forever. I know I will never be the same. It will happen to most of us. and it's important to give yourself the permission and time to discover who you are following a great loss.

Surviving Ain't Easy

Lori Lee | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Lori Lee

Surviving narrows focus and strengthens resolve. Surviving comes with added responsibilities and can at times, become quite tiring. But the advantage is a clearer picture; an unobstructed view of the good stuff that has always surrounded us.

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 11.30.2014 | 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.

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

This Is Pediatric Cancer

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

If this bothers you -- as it should -- look. Think. Research. Donate if you can. Spread the word. Share. I don't want any other parent to know firsthand what pediatric cancer looks like.

Losing My Mother Inspired Me to Help Others -- Like You

Ellevate | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Ellevate

We plan for the birth of a child, for our children's weddings and for our retirements, don't we? Then why don't we plan for one of life's greatest transitions?

Insanity Pain

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Don't take your love away from me, Don't you leave my heart in misery, If you go, then I'll be blue, 'Cause breaking up is hard to do... -- Neil Sedak...

Grief In the Rearview: Three Motherless Years

Nicole Belanger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Belanger

I assumed that it would be loud, dramatic and chaotic. I thought that my body would collapse under the weight of the grief, that I would be so beside myself with sadness that I would be unable to function.

9 Step Action Plan For Overcoming Loss And Grief

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil suggests following these steps to get through your difficult time.

A Letter to Melissa Rivers

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 11.08.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

It was while watching Melissa Rivers co-host a red carpet event with her mother, Joan Rivers, that I first recognized the look on Melissa's face as her mother spoke.

The Daily Risks of Good Parenting

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

How do we do this every day, when there is no guarantee? No promise of a future, or of grandchildren on our laps, no cure for cancer, no special bubble wrap that can protect our children? We let them go each day, small pieces of our hearts with goals and a will all their own.

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...

Robin Williams: Oh Captain, My Captain in Life and Death

Maya Mathias | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

I didn't get to meet Robin. Yet, like so many of you, I felt like I knew him. I'd had the privilege of peering into those sensitive blue eyes on TV or in the movies, and I believed that I'd plumbed the depths of his soul.

Magic

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
John Roman, Ph.D.

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality. Loss hibernates.

Moving Into A World of Stark Contrasts After The Death Of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.27.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

cried during my Tai Chi as I felt the energy of the mountains and Robert fill me. And I played with my horse and danced. And found I could be whole. And found I could be shattered.

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.