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Grieving the Loss of a Child

Ann Coyle, RN | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Ann Coyle, RN

After a death and a funeral, people return to their normal lives. But for families who have lost a child, life as they knew it stopped on the day their child died. They need to work through their grief to be able to heal.

On Coping With Loss At The Holidays

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Here are a few holiday scenarios people commonly find themselves grappling with when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one at the holidays, and some ways to address them.

Missing A Parent During The Holidays

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although they may still savor some semblance of family togetherness, holiday joy becomes tempered by the acute awareness of the missing parent -- absent due to death, divorce, substance abuse, mental illness, even incarceration.

DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public -- be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore the 10 changes that make no sense.

My Grief Can Beat Your Grief: A 'Widow-Tude' Adjustment (Part 2)

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.02.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The moment has arrived to call a time-out in the game of "My Pain is Worse Than Your Pain." It is indeed time for a Widow-tude Adjustment; both within and outside the widowed community.

Sweet Memories

Tamsin Eva | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

It's uncanny that Mum died the day before we were scheduled to depart. I ate volumes of candy during that long train ride. Nobody suggested I shouldn't. And I've always suspected that a lifelong pattern of episodic over-indulgence began that day.

On the Loss of a Friend

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

I met Jonieke in 1989. We were interns at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. Jonieke and I belonged to a group of 20-somethings who assembled on that magical group of islands in a museum that had been the home and private collection of an eccentric heiress.

My Grief Can Beat Your Grief: A 'Widow-Tude' Adjustment (Part 1)

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.26.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I now reluctantly welcome you to Part One of a game that I despise; a game called, "My Pain is Worse Than Your Pain."

Why I'll Be Holding My Son A Little Tighter This Thanksgiving

Caren Chesler | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Every year at this time, as I prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, I remember that the best bird I ever made was the year no one cared about the meal.

What Does 'Giving Thanks' Really Mean?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what "giving thanks" really means. It means looking in someone's eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

Getting Through The "Giving Thanks": 4 Thanksgiving Tips For Those Who May Be Feeling Anything But Thankful

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.19.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Thanksgiving. Normally a time of festivity, feasting and "fat pants," your Thanksgiving may instead be filled with dread, gloom or outright sadness if you are coping with the loss of a loved one.

A Shared Trauma: The Death of Pan Am

Helen Davey | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Following the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I invite those who are suffering from this massive collective trauma to view this speech.

Supporting Grieving Military Children: What We All Need to Know

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

November 15 is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, we take today to recognize the special challenges that military children face after losing a parent, and the strengths they carry that can help them cope with loss too.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.

Huntington's Disease and the Inspiration Behind The Shortest Way Home

Juliette Fay | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fay

At the time that Sue and I lived together in our 20s, there was no test for the disease, as there is now. She had no way of knowing if she would begin to lose her physical and mental capacities in 10 years -- or never.

Shaping DoD Policy by Giving a Voice to Bereaved Military Families

Cilla McCain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Cilla McCain

The Department of Defense has approved a groundbreaking study examining the unique grieving process of survivors. Maybe this is a positive step toward building a stronger military community and a stronger nation as a whole.

On Paper, Adopting a Dog Was a Very Bad Idea

Emily Layden | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York
Emily Layden

There is no place for inference or ambiguity in this story, not even the carefully constructed kind.

Complaining About Your Age? Why Aging Gracefully Beats Aging Grumpily

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.12.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

So while I may moan about the new wrinkle on my face that was once a cute dimple or the aches and pains that growing older brings, I will never complain about my "number.

Losing Kristene

John Hansen | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
John Hansen

Just hours before Kristene, my wife of 28 years died from breast cancer, a man named Epi Rodriguez, himself a widower, saved my life by forewarning me about grief that would haunt me.

Stages of Grief: Storm Edition

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.08.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

We now recognize obsession as one of the classic and final stages of grief (storm-wise) as we try to will the Con Edison trucks to head to our neighborhoods.

From Condemnation To Inspiration: Surviving Cancer As A Child And A Mother

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

When I discovered my own breast cancer, I immediately felt condemned to the journey my mother had walked almost 30 years before.

Embracing Fear

Dr. Michael Finkelstein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael Finkelstein

There are several ways we can become more comfortable with death, the dying and the dead. The first is to being open to talking about it. There needs to be an open dialogue and expression of the fears and concerns that we have about death or dying or the dead.

Grave Images: San Luis Valley

Kathy T. Hettinga | Posted 01.08.2013 | College
Kathy T. Hettinga

Beginning in 1994, I began a 14-year project to document an unknown body of folk art found in the cemeteries of the San Luis Valley. Simplicity, expressiveness and a transformative use of common materials were found in the most evocative grave markers.

6 Surefire Ways To Get Over Your Ex

Mark Banschick, MD | Posted 01.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Banschick, MD

You've been dumped. It feels like hell, and you don't know what to do. What will it take to get over a nasty affair, or worse, an unexpected divorce? And will you or your kids make it

Nothing You Can Say Will Make Them Feel Better

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We seem to think that we need to have the answers for people's pain and sadness. We don't. What we need to have is the ability to sit with someone and not say anything. Nothing you can say will make them feel better.