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Grief and Loss

How Finding My Father's iPhone Helped Me Mourn His Death

Jordan Jayson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jordan Jayson

I realize nothing can replace a face-to-face goodbye. But I believe the digital clues I've been able to piece together give me the memories I need, and I'm grateful that I was able to witness his life -- even in death.

Tips for Coping With Traumatic Loss: Non-Profit Assisting Bereaved Military Families Shares Advice

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bonnie Carroll

Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy, but a sudden and traumatic loss can raise special concerns for the family members and friends left behind. These deaths are unexpected and survivors must grapple with the knowledge that their loved ones experienced trauma.

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?

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

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.

Love Letters From the Past, or Present or Future

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 06.25.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

The letters were written in 1968. I was 17. They are stream-of-consciousness letters from the late sixties. Love letters.

What Mom Missed

Erica Ford | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Erica Ford

When my first daughter started cooing, my heart swelled and I ran to call my mother. The feel of my ribs turning inward on themselves when I remembered she was dead was more than I could bear.

Each Father's Day, I Remember

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

My parents would have parties in our basement and the old records from South America would be pulled out. My father, with a brown bottle of beer in his hand and the always-present 1960′s fixture of a cigarette hanging from his lower lip, would slide his feet back and forth.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

Your Life After Loss Is Nobody's Business But Yours

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Rasmussen

Remember... the time is always right for life to come in. And anyone who is trying to stop your life coming back should not be in it.

The Nurse Who Stood Beside Me Through The Very Worst

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We begged and plead and prayed and clutched hands for the worst three hours of my life. And when the doctors told us there was nothing more they could do, she helped pick me up off the ground when I collapsed.

The Real Mothers of Mother's Day

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Rasmussen

I hold your hand if you are a mother who can no longer see, touch or hold your child in your arms. I walk with you. In silence. I walk with you in respect. And I find a way to travel the depths of sorrow you have to live with every single day. Especially on Mother's Day.

How to Support Someone After a Stillbirth

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Most of us understand what happens when we lose a person close to us. We revisit the memories of our time together. We cry over the relationship we had and the future we have lost. When someone loses a child to stillbirth, that relationship didn't even have a chance to develop.

Fresh Grief: Thoughts of Easter

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.14.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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...