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Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

When Things Aren't Merry or Bright

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kristin Meekhof There is a big push this time of year for image management. Nearly an...

What to Give Grieving Loved Ones This Christmas

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Here's a tip: I don't have leprosy, and death is not contagious, though it will eventually come for you too. Not mentioning the death of my mother, the person who gave me life, who birthed me, bathed me and was forever present in my world, only makes it easier for you, or so you think.

Why Those We Miss Most Will Be With Us On The Holidays

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Francis

When I was first married, my mother sent along a recipe box filled with her favorite recipes, all handwritten in her familiar slanting cursive. It is the one thing of hers that I cherish most. I have a piece of her, her handwriting, an occasional Post-it note stuck to a recipe with additional helpful tips. It's as if she's still standing right there in my kitchen, a glass of wine in hand, and we're laughing about something silly we once did.

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

Breaking Free From Psychics and Mediums

Eric W. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

I've always known that mediums and psychics are all con artists who make their livings exploiting the bereaved. Now that I'm a widower, I've begun to ...

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Dr. Norma Bowe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Norma Bowe

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.

Grieving in the Facebook Era

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ana I. Grande

Let us remember that grieving is more than social media, too. It is an embrace of those living that allows the darkness of our souls to receive light; it is a touch of hands that guides us through our journey and an elevated prayer for those who have left us in God's perfect order.

Moving Through Grief

Mark Malinowski | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Malinowski

When you lose someone in your life who you love more than yourself, the experience will change you forever. I know I will never be the same. It will happen to most of us. and it's important to give yourself the permission and time to discover who you are following a great loss.

How Taylor Swift's Music Helped Me When My Mom Died

Fallon Wilson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Teen
Fallon Wilson

The past six years have proven that Taylor and her music would always be there for me, whether I am having the best day of my life or the absolute worst.

10 Ways to Comfort Your Holiday Grief Without Food

Paula Stephens, M.A. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Stephens, M.A.

Find gratitude. Even though it seems like the entire universe is happy, focus on the things in your life, not related to the holidays, you are grateful for. We can practice gratitude 365 days a year, don't get stuck in negative thinking that you might carry with you into the new year.

10 Things I Learned While Dealing With The Death Of A Loved One

Jinna Yang | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jinna Yang

I've realized that everyone processes death in a different way. Knowing this means that you don't have to second guess your thoughts, feelings and actions. This is your personal journey, and you're allowed to feel, think, say or do whatever it is that you need to heal.

The 8 Best Things You Can Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Truth be told, grief makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It's hard to see someone you care about torn up emotionally. It's natural to want to fix them, but that's just not possible. Therefore, the most helpful thing you can do for someone who is hurting is to offer to just be there for them in whatever capacity they need.

What Not To Say To A Parent Who Has Lost A Child

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

Losing a child is unspeakably painful, so finding the right words to say to those grieving can be difficult. Two parents who have both lost a chil...

8 Things Not To Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

I'll admit that before I experienced grief firsthand, I, too, was at a loss for words. Now that I've been on both sides, I'd like to offer a few suggestions for what not to say to a newly grieving person.

Deepak Chopra Shows A Grieving Mother A Daily Practice To Bring Her Peace

OWN | Posted 09.08.2014 | OWN

Valerie is a 43-year-old mother of three who is grieving the unexpected loss of her eldest daughter. After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9, she...

Celebrating Sacrifice

Aisha Subhan | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Aisha Subhan

My privileged life was made possible because of a series of sacrifices. Those who make the biggest sacrifices, the kind that give people like me a privileged life of opportunity, freedom, and hope, exhibit the greatest patience and strength.

What We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams' suicide begin to settle, we might ...

How My Job Saved Me

John Bonini | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
John Bonini

There's no instruction manual for the grieving, especially those who experience it so young. The only thing I knew after three weeks was that I needed to stay in motion. I needed movement.

Missing You

Eugenia Chandris | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eugenia Chandris

The death of two parents spread over such a chasm of time reassures me that I have grown up. had feared the brutal spectacle and harsh rattle of death. I had feared being alone with her at the final judgmental moment of leaving, feared I would abandon her and not offer a last comfort, that split second of reassurance as she left. Yet none of those fears came true.

Yeah, It's "Too Soon" With Robin Williams

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

We feel pain when a celebrity dies, not because of their celebrity, but because we feel like we know them through their work. It's like a friend has died, or multiple friends. In the case of Robin Williams, some of our very best friends.

I Feel Like I Lost a Friend

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I'm supposing that I'm very much not alone here. So for those of us who need to feel worthy of our sadness, I say let's try to own it. It's part of what makes us human, and without it, well, we are much much less so.

Rebirthing After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I find rebirthing to be excruciating. I am consciously participating in its unfolding. That is part of the pain. The awareness. The consciousness. The involvement. It is not going easily or quietly or calmly. It is agony. Filled with bottomless voids, and oh so many memories. Memories of the past and of what could have been. But will not be. And I struggle to make new memories.

Life: Subject to Change Without Notice

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

This short little video touched me professionally and personally. I was reminded how I really feel when the truth of life kicks me in the teeth. I was also reminded how fragile innocence and wonder are, in a world with strife and change and death.