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?
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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.
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.
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.
The death of a close friend is extraordinarily painful, made that much more difficult because bereaved friends typically evoke little sympathy and sup...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., author of Grieving Mindfully and The Mindful Path Through Worry and Rumination
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Shear, professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Social Work, reveals what happens inside the grieving brain and offers s...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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