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The Weight Of My Brother's Ashes: Further Trials In Grieving

Julie Gray | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

You read about people scattering ashes, you see it in movies, but to really do it, to really handle them and toss them into the sea -- what is that really like?

Big Gifts in Great Pain

Cara Rose-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cara Rose-Brown

We see the gifts in the good because they are very clear -- the gifts in the bad -- not so much. But the rewards when you look and find them -- are amazing. Life altering.

For Dennis

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

When Dennis was 12, he was struck by lightning and thrown close to 50 feet. He went into a coma for 40 days. When he came to, he had a different perspective: that we were all connected.

An Autumnal Equinox Prayer

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

This is my equinox prayer for us: May we know the depth and width of the patterns that hold us today. May we recognize the preciousness of each atom that, by being right where it needs to be, creates balance and stability and wholeness.

A Conversation with Gail Caldwell: On the loss of a close friend

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

The death of a close friend is extraordinarily painful, made that much more difficult because bereaved friends typically evoke little sympathy and sup...

18 Profound Quotes On Strength And Wisdom After A Loss

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.04.2012 | Healthy Living

Loss comes in many forms: the death of a loved one, an ended relationship, the loss of a home. Sometimes it's more abstract -- a job loss can cause y...

What Do You Call Losing a Friend? Let's Take the Long Way Home

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Why isn't there a name for having your closest friend die? There is widowhood, there is being orphaned. The friends we love, the family of our heart -- we have no customs for mourning that loss.

Grief And Renewal: One Mother's Story

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Tom and Debbie had grieved their daughter's loss, of course. They had even tried to replace her--three times over. But the one thing they had never done was to celebrate her life.

The End of My Mother's Life: There Must Be a Better Way

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Western medicine seems short of effective interventions with many terminal illnesses. Until there is a better way, be kind and deal with the decision-making process as early as possible.

'Grammy, What Are You Going to Do Without Gramps?'

John Badalament | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Badalament

In his struggle to make sense of his grandfather's death, Jake has laid bare many seemingly unspeakable truths -- about love, loss and life itself -- for our family to face.

Treating Grief: The Dangers Of Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Given the way our culture has responded to problems such as anxiety and difficulty sleeping, it is highly likely that we stand poised to try to eradicate grief on a mass level through medication.

A Skeptic's Journey Through Grief

Elisa Medhus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisa Medhus, M.D.

As a physician with a strong science background, I used to regard all things spiritual with a jaded eye--until the recent suicide of my young son, Erik.

Widowhood: Life After Losing a Loved One

Honey Seltzer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Honey Seltzer

Life is not an easy journey. There are things we cannot prevent, but for me I've had no regrets. I have shared a lot of myself with someone I cared about, but I never looked for another husband.

8 Tips for Mindfully Processing Grief

New Harbinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

By Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., author of Grieving Mindfully and The Mindful Path Through Worry and Rumination Grief happens to all of us at some time in o...

Let's Take The Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

It's rare that I gush over books but I fell in love with Gail Caldwell's newest book: Let's Take The Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship (Random Hou...

The New Grief: How Modern Medicine Is Changing Dying, Death and Loss

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Modern medicine, in short, is getting better and better at staving off death. And as life expectancy in countries like ours continues to grow, the nature of grief has changed.

Accepting the Death of a Loved One

Sadhguru | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Would we even have a perspective as to what life is if there was no death? Life is what it is only because death is.

A Cup Of Coffee, Cancer and Starting Up Again

Deborah Calla | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Calla

Please indulge me while I tell you a story about coffee. Not about how the beans were first turned into coffee but how it became a marker in my life.

Life After Death

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Takahashi

If she had survived, she probably would only have been kept alive through a ventilator. Her death was a parting gift, for she gave me a new life.

Same Old Things

Molly Magid Hoagland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Magid Hoagland

This scuffed tool -- a comb -- which I thought contained no memories, has been with me every day since my late adolescence. Now for a decade it has been smoothing first one, then two boys' heads.

The Science Of Grief Recovery (VIDEO)

Big Think | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Katherine Shear, professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Social Work, reveals what happens inside the grieving brain and offers s...

How Did Grief Get an Expiration Date?

Lynne Hughes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lynne Hughes

I've heard time and time again there is a societal expectation to "get over" grief in six months, and at the longest, a year.

Alice Miller Saved Many of Us From the Bullying from Within

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

For those of us who possessed intimate knowledge of her work, Alice Miller was not just an icon of psychological thought, but no less than a key part of our salvation from ourselves.

Journeying Alone Together

Denis Campbell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Denis Campbell

Death, we are often told, is a natural part of life. Yet no matter how much our rational mind nods in agreement, the sudden loss of one so dear leaves victims beyond the family.

Friendship in a Box: What's going on?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, I haven't seen anything like this on your blog, so maybe others have the same question. I have a close friend I met about two ...