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Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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.

Why So Many People Go Sideways When Death Visits A Family

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

There is another arena where 'armchair quarterbacks' also exist -- except this time, those who sit in the metaphorical armchairs have the ability and occasionally, the actual desire to wreak havoc, cause pain and outright destroy relationships.

How Developing Our Memory Of The Past Influences Our Future

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living

When we go through a challenge or endure grief, more often than not we wish to block out the memory from our minds. The pain we endured isn't somethin...

I Miss Tommy Carraway

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

It was there that The Normal Heart and Larry Kramer reminded us living today: Act Up. Fight AIDS.

Requiem for a Buoyant, Enduring Spirit

Jessica Levco | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Levco

What impressed me the most about Lindsey is that cancer never defined her. It was just part of her story. The cancer crept into her healthy tissues, her bones, her organs, but it never got to her spirit. It never touched that.

You Went to a Funeral and Then You Went Home

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

Once the funeral was over and the day was done, you went home. Back to life, back to love, back to those who make your world complete. You went to a funeral, and then you went home.

Someone to Lean On

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Grief uniquely impacts each person. Listening to yourself and respecting where you are at with your journey is important. Grief is complex, and no two situations are the same.

Understanding Love and Loss Through My Dad's Necktie

Sara Hurn | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Hurn

I remember the look on my mom's face when she heard the news. I remember feeling like I couldn't breathe, and knowing that I wanted to be anywhere except where I was. Where does a story like this even begin?

What We Can Learn From Witnessing Tragedies (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Last weekend tragedy struck the University of California Santa Barbara community when a student went on a stabbing and shooting rampage before turning...

Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

How would your life change if you gave something away every day? In 2012, I made a commitment to give away $1000 grants, every single day, to individ...

The Lesson I Learned Only After Losing My Mother

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

Children never wonder why there is food on the table, or why they have coats and boots to keep their feet dry in the winter. We think a house with heat comes by magic. It isn't until adulthood, when we're parents ourselves in a dual-income family with half the children that my mother had, that we wonder in disbelief, how did she do it all and alone?

Armchair Analysis: Was Your Relationship 'Good' Enough to Warrant So Much Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

If you're wrestling with what to share or not share about your relationship, here's what you should know: The reality is, everyone has imperfect relationships.

Brothers Forever: A Talk with Col. Tom Manion

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. While leading a counterattack against the enemy, drawing fire away from his wounded comrades, Travis was fatally wounded by a sniper. His actions allowed ever other member of his patrol to survive.

A Personal Guide to Healing From a Loss

Joan E. Childs | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Joan E. Childs

A life that ends from any cause is horrific and a tragedy for the family left behind. I believe everyone grieves in his or her own way. There is no right or wrong. Losing a child to suicide is unnatural. Parents are supposed to die before their children.

This Is What Lost Love Looks Like

Lindsay Henry | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Lindsay Henry

Sometimes you don't know you are losing something until it's already gone. And there you are, left to deal with the mess that loss leaves behind.

Why Some People View Widows As 'Threats'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Immediately after Mike's passing, the demeanor of this once warm and welcoming woman flipped 180 degrees.

One Cliche That Grieving Parents Really Don't Want To Hear

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We grieving parents already know that we are a living, breathing representation of your worst nightmare. And as great as it is that you have some perspective, we don't need to be reminded that it's at our expense.

The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls and What We Must Teach Our Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have a confession. I have been up all night feeling sickened. I am sickened with worry about the plight of the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their school-Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria.

Family Ties Heart-Wrenching Letters To Balloons, Woman Miles Away Responds In Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 05.23.2014 | Good News

Update 5/23/14: More than $20,000 has been raised for the family, in addition to the $2,000 that was raised initially. Thanks to the generosity of st...

The Climb Back Up

Carissa K | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

Physically, my body had the markings of a woman who had just gone through a pregnancy and delivery. These postpartum symptoms were both a cruel joke and treasured testament.

Grief: What to Do When It Never Ends

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Joyce sits alone in her bedroom every night. Most nights, she ends up bursting into tears over the loss of her husband of 30 years. The pain is searin...

Social Media Can Facilitate the Grieving Process

Dianne Gray | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Dianne Gray

Facebook introduced me to a world of people who have suffered the unimaginable loss of a child and, more importantly, to people who lost children to the same disease that claimed my son.

The Resilience of Mama and Papa Finch

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

The spring after I purchased my first house about seven years ago, a lovely new neighbor moved in. Mama and Papa Finch built a nest at the top of one ...

My Middle Child Is an Angel... REALLY

Sukey Forbes | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Since losing one of my precious three children, Mother's Day, like all holidays, is now laced with bittersweet. It continues to be a day of reflection for me. But the reflection is tinged with melancholy for all of the mothering that I did not get to give my daughter who died at the age of 6.

Losing and Regaining Your Faith in Life

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Nothing sets us up for psychological and spiritual malaise more than our loss of faith in life. When we turn against life, we naturally lean in the di...