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Grieving Loss

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.

Merry? Happy? Perhaps Not for Those Who Are Grieving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

As we move through the holiday season and head into the New Year, our society sends the message loud and clear: this is a time to rejoice, spread good...

How To Remember Mom On Mother's Day

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Never an easy lesson of life, loss is experienced by all. And for those of us who have lost a loved one, certain holidays can become excruciating reminders of the persons we so dearly miss.

In Search of a Coherent Narrative

Sloan Gorman, LCSW | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Sloan Gorman, LCSW

A coherent narrative helps us to integrate new information with what we already know, so that we can heal and move on. The only way I can formulate a coherent narrative about this tragedy is if all of us, collectively, use this event as a catalyst for change.

Celebrating Life in the Midst of Tragic, Violent Loss: A Creative Guide to Healing

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

How do you celebrate the holidays in the wake of a national tragedy? How do you find life in the midst of carnage too horrible to imagine? Here's what you need to know, from the perspective of a parent who has lost their child from a catastrophic act of violence.

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.

Do They Have Facebook In Heaven?

Jordi Lippe | Posted 12.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jordi Lippe

I knew my father could not sit at his computer to check my status updates and comments on his profile, but the mystery surrounding cyberspace and heaven seemed to fall on a similar plane. If an email can ostensibly travel through space, why couldn't my messages and posts reach my dad in heaven?

A Personal Musing on Grieving Moms: The Destination We Don't Want on Our GPS

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

And so the days have been. It could all change tomorrow. I could be a grieving mom. I hope the day never comes. Dare I say, in a small way I grive with these moms. I am so sorry they have lost their babies. I am in awe of their courage.

What Not To Say To Those Who Are Grieving (PLUS: The Right Words To Use)

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Grief is a universal human experience that all of us will encounter eventually. Understanding what we can and cannot expect will help ease the process as it unfolds. Loss may change life as we know it, but the unknown is full of possibility.

Loss: How Long Do We Mourn It?

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Be sad, mourn and feel the loss. And then get back to living. We all need you to. As Robert Frost once wrote, "The best way out, is always through."

The Loss of Loved Ones

Diana M. Raab | Posted 02.15.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

My father adored me. I was his sunshine, and when he died a large chunk of me died. I cannot say that the pain has dissipated, but it has softened over the years.

The Cat That Became My Father and How It Healed Me

Katherine Dunn | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
Katherine Dunn

2011-10-27-imagepull.jpgWhile in the thick of grieving my father's death, I found my art making process of working intuitively -- without boundaries, patterns or sketches to dictate to me -- both a comfort and an eye opener.

In Her Last Hour of Life, My Grandmother Told Her Story

Brienne Walsh | Posted 10.01.2011 | Women
Brienne Walsh

My sister and I sat with my grandmother while she lay dying a few months ago. Against her pale skin, freckled and dotted with beauty marks, I laid my arm.

What To Expect When A Loved One Receives A Terminal Diagnosis

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

Diseases and conditions that once proved quickly fatal no longer are. Instead, individuals and their families are increasingly likely to find themselves mired in a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis.

Can Loss Open Your Heart To Compassion?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The most important and compassionate thing we can do to help those who are experiencing loss is to acknowledge that the person is having this experience and help her give herself permission to go through the mourning process.

Honoring The Memory Of A Deceased Loved One

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Bearing witness to a deceased loved one is about doing whatever it takes for you to feel that you have done your part to preserve and honor his or her memory.

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.

'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.

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.

Adventures in Grieving

Julie Gray | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

People die everyday, according to the newspaper. And then it happens to you. In your family. And it's surreal. It's the mother of all record scratches. It is the mother of all unchangeable facts.

Resilience and the Grieving Process

Dr. Marjorie Blanchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Marjorie Blanchard

Our home burned to the ground. We had 25 wonderful years in that house. When you go through a major loss of any kind, move toward it. You have to allow yourself to feel those feelings.