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Grief and Loss

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?

Three Years Later

Robyn Stoller | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Robyn Stoller

Whenever there is an issue with one of our children, I will always wonder if it has something to do with the fact that they lost their father. Although I will never truly know if this is the reason behind certain circumstances, I've learned to realize that the answer doesn't really matter.

WATCH: Connecting With Your Everyday Angels

OWN | Posted 07.01.2013 | OWN

Past-life regression expert and former skeptic Dr. Brian Weiss has devoted the last several decades of his career as an Ivy League-trained psychiatris...

Devastated Mother Finds Solace In Prayers From Across The Country

The Star-Ledger | JULIA TERRUSO | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion

Late-night cross-country prayers help a mother find solace, faith CRANFORD, N.J. (RNS) Every Friday at 2 a.m. JoAnne Whalen's cell-phone alarm go...

What to Say to Yourself (And Those You Love) When the Worst-Case Scenario Comes True

Alexandra Franzen | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Franzen

What do you say to console someone who has seen the ugliest side of humanity? Who has faced their worst nightmare? Who has lost everything? What do you say to comfort yourself? I'm not an expert on grief and loss, but fortunately, I happen to know one.

The Loss of a Father

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Gina Barreca

What I carry from him, like coins in my pocket against the poverty of his loss, is an understanding that all any of us has is whatever is left of the day. And I make the most of it, hay while the sun shines, and I raise a toast to life.

How To Find Relief From Grief

Raymond Torres | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Raymond Torres

When drastic events unfold and shake the ground under our feet, the pain we experience can make us think life is unfair, fragile and without meaning.

Other Parents' Grief

Kate Blanchard | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Kate Blanchard

Those of us with healthy children may, for a time, enjoy the luxury of remaining oblivious to their vulnerability and impermanence. But when a "close call" provides an unwelcome reality check, we can take some comfort in the fact that all parents are, really and truly, in this together

Normal Reactions to Abnormal Events

David Kessler | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

In the aftermath, it is important to remember that our grief is as unique as our fingerprints. Each of us will have our own normal reactions to the abnormal events that we have just witnessed.

A Book My Grandmother Would Like -- Finally!

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

I could call this the first book that I know for certain my grandmother would like, if she were still alive. But more seriously, it's also the first book in which I've written candidly about my feelings for my mother, who died in 2004 after many years of dementia.

Living With My Mother's Death

Next Avenue | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Peter Gerstenzang Everyone thought I was handling it well, staying strong. Everyone was wrong. It was hardly an h...

Defending Against Loss

Tara Brach | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

By opening to his own grief instead of armoring himself with anger, Justin was finally able to start the healing process. His grief had never gone away; it had just been hidden. Once he was willing to open to it and feel it, his own sorrow could show him the way home to peace.

10 Pieces of Advice To Get You Through A Terrible Day

Posted 03.21.2013 | OWN

By Lisa Kogan In the past ten years I have survived an asymmetrical bob, a high-risk pregnancy, a malignant melanoma, a sneak preview of "Shutt...

WATCH: What 9/11 Was Like For Tom Brokaw

OWN | Posted 03.18.2013 | OWN

The OWN series "Oprah's Master Class" features intimate first-person stories told by newsmakers who have impacted the world. In the March 17 episode, ...