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Grief and Loss

Fresh Grief: Thoughts of Easter

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

There's nothing and no one to fear. Light prevails, not darkness. Death's relentless furrowing will subside, it will not always overwhelm. We will catch our breath again, one day.

Life in a Bubble With Pain and Grief

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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.

The Myth of 'Closure' -- One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombings

John Tsilimparis | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Whenever our sense of safety and security is shattered by these types of events, restoring that emotional stability is not a simple undertaking. The central nervous system needs time to reset and process the loss of that very same safety and security that was taken away.

The Long Way Home: Grief Deferred and Acceptance Found

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

While I really wish that my ring had never fallen down the toilet to be lost in sewage-y oblivion, I'm grateful that I'll finally, once and for all, be able to properly say goodbye to my beloved Nonna.

I Can Find Myself Whole in the Dimension of Grief

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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

The Legacy of Lost Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

When we write our stories to future generations, we are tempted to tell stories of our successes. It's how we want to be seen and remembered, as succe...

I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: The Beginning

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

When she introduced me, a tough looking inmate (*Tanesha) immediately tried to intimidate me. She scoffed and asked me if I'd ever been an addict. Pretty soon most of the women in the room were smirking at me. Boom -- judged. And I hadn't even said a word yet.

The Long Winter of Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

The process of grief is sometimes likened to a cold, dark period of gloom. It affects us physically, psychologically, behaviorally and spiritually.

I Do Not Need Fixing. I'm Just Grieving the Death of My Husband.

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 04.03.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I painted her a picture of my current situation. An abridged version of my husband's two-year battle with cancer and his death four months ago.

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 Many People Does it Take to Fill the Hole in My Heart After My Husband Dies?

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Looking back over what I have done and with whom, I am staggered to realize it has taken 18 people to keep me on an even keel for two weeks.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Vicki Wilson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Vicki Wilson

It's desolating to learn that even Christmas can't keep away the dark. And if Christmas can't, what can?

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.

How to Help Grieving Military Children

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

Assuring children that grief is a normal expression of loss is important. While military children are very resilient, it is important for parents and caregivers to pay attention to how children are responding.

There's No Time Limit on Grief

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I believe the best gifts are wrapped in pain. Take my divorce. I didn't see it coming, didn't want it, could've sworn it was the worst thing that ever happened. I looked at it as a gift, all right. The kind you open and mutter, "You shouldn't have."

City of the Dead, Ceremonial Healing in Modern Times

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Wherever you may be in the days following Halloween this year, please take a moment to remember all those who have come before you and reflect on what it means to be alive.

Capitol Hill Shooting: Child Unharmed?

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

The news arrived as a text on my phone: Shooting on Capitol Hill, nation's capitol on lockdown. I live and work near Washington, D.C. Like most of ...

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.

Grieve and Be Grateful: The Aftermath of the Colorado Floods

Sheryl Paul | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

When the voice traipses through my brain that tries to invalidate or dismiss my loss, I shush it aside and continue to allow myself to cry as hard as I need to cry. This is my pain. This is my loss.

Weep With Those Who Weep... Please

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Linda Robertson

Our oldest son had been gone for about seven months when someone at church pulled me aside and gently asked, "How are you feeling about Ryan?" I wept with gratitude and relief.

'How SoulCycle Allowed Me To Grieve'

Elizabeth Street | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living

I don't like exercise; I never have. When the desire to work out strikes, a leisurely jog around the park suits me just fine. So when a friend insiste...

WATCH: Chris Colfer On Mourning Cory Monteith: 'A Line Needs To Be Drawn'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.05.2013 | Celebrity

The unexpected death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith drew a cascade of support from the show's passionate fan base, who offered thoughts and prayers for ...

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?