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Grieving Process

The Reality of Grief

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Reality: He is not here. Reality: He is not coming back. Reality: He is not here and won't be here again. Reality: Not ever. Reality sucks.

The Long Winter of Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

The process of grief is sometimes likened to a cold, dark period of gloom. It affects us physically, psychologically, behaviorally and spiritually.

Searching for Permanence

Ari Andersen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Technological advancement is considered human advancement, but somewhere along the line, we have become sloppy about keeping up with the very things that make us human. How can anything compare to the words I say as I look into the eyes of someone important to me?

A New Year of Peace... Finding Healing and Resilience Amidst the Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

While it is true that you can't just make a New Year's resolution to feel a certain way, you can resolve to take some steps this year to help yourself along this complicated journey through grief.

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 Help a Friend Who Is Grieving

JD Bailey | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
JD Bailey

Grief is uncomfortable. It is foreign. It is an ill-fitting garment that pinches you in all the wrong places. You can feel like you've shed it for a while, and then it can unexpectedly wrap you up like an unwanted sweater in July.

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

10 Tips on Dealing with Late-Stage Illness and Death

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Based on my years treating patients who have dealt with the loss of a loved one and my personal experience with my husband's death, I know there are many complicated emotions that one can experience when dealing with late-stage illness and death.

A Book My Grandmother Would Like -- Finally!

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

I could call this the first book that I know for certain my grandmother would like, if she were still alive. But more seriously, it's also the first book in which I've written candidly about my feelings for my mother, who died in 2004 after many years of dementia.

Let Us Grieve First

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

So give us a brief time to cry, to grieve. Something really bad happened. Let us work through our emotions. Then after that, spit in the eye of fate and the madmen, be proud of our cities and our nationality, and gain revenge in normality.

Blessed Are They Who Mourn

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

It is clear that I must now make a new home for myself within my own heart. There I must create a door that is always open, a light that burns eternally, a spark that cherishes my name, and a blessing of continual self-forgiveness.

Lights Go On

Thomas Bähler | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Thomas Bähler

When dad reached his 70s, he was diagnosed with Emphysema, now called COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. No matter what they called it and no matter what the symptoms, dad's years were being cut short because he smoked.

It's OK: 36 Things Widowers Can Do Without Guilt

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Sometimes all we need is for just one person who has walked the same path to quietly and gently say, "It really is OK..."

Italian Wedding Soup

Jonathan Agin | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Every parent who has lost a child to disease or some other mechanism knows this pang. In most instances, as time marches beyond the day your child passed away, these moments of blunt force trauma to the soul are brought about without any warning or advanced notice.

'My Aunt Is Nearly 99 ... She Will Not Live To Be 100'

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

My aunt is nearly 99. She will not live to be 100. Her photo will not be on the television recalling the date of her birth, with Willard Scott announcing she likes the opera and still volunteers. She will no longer volunteer. There will be no Today for her then.

5 Things I Learned From My Grandmother

Danielle Herzog | Posted 03.15.2013 | Women
Danielle Herzog

After thinking about my grandmother and our 38 years together, I have put together a short list of some of the things I have learned from her.

A 'How-To' Guide For Healing From Trauma

Lisa Arends | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Arends

Restoration after a sudden trauma is not easy, but it is possible. In fact, you can even learn how to surf your tsunami, moving through it with skill and grace.

How To Have Forgiveness For Sandy Hook And Other Unthinkable Acts

Sura | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sura

We must learn to forgive, not just for ourselves, but because we influence the rest of the world, including our loved ones and families. Forgiveness is deeply healing. It allows us to live free in the present moment.

Blue Christmas: 6 Ways for Grievers to Navigate the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Lights, music, festivities, and feasts all around -- but if you're grieving the loss of a loved one, it is anything but "the most wonderful time of the year." If you're grieving and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Remembrance of People Passing

Michael Drew | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

This is the time of year when people recall events of the past 12 months, but more important, the lives we lost.

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.

Wrestling With Pain in the Wake of Sandy

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Through the years of my work to help people heal, I've discovered some powerful tools that I hope will help some you who are suffering from Sandy.

Understanding Grief: Mourning In A Healthier Way

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Wouldn't it be in our best interest as a society to transform our fear-based culture of death by encouraging a healthier belief about death as a normal occurrence? There is so much we could do to educate and prepare ourselves to handle death with greater loving, service, and compassion.

Stacey's Lesson: Living With Purpose

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Zachary K. Pearce

There is no easy way to deal with death. There is no phrase which by its mere utterance will cure a bereaved person. I have learned this. This experience has allowed me to garner a motto for life: "Every day you're alive, there's a reason to smile."

Shades of Blue for Benghazi

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

So what can we do while dwelling in shades of blue? First, we can remember that feeling grief is a natural and normal response that honors the very vibrancy of human life, the loss of which we mourn.