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Reflecting On Holidays Without A Loved One

Jim Moret | Posted 02.27.2012 | Impact
Jim Moret

Death is inevitable. It is even anticipated, if not expected, to occur for a parent long before your own demise. Still, even when it happens well into one's adulthood, losing a parent can be an overwhelming loss.

Mastering The Anniversary Reaction On Christmas

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 02.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

Dec. 25 and many other holiday or "anniversary" dates can be highly significant. These include birthdays, marital anniversaries and days when loved ones died. This phenomenon, often deeply painful, is called an "Anniversary Reaction."

Why I Want To Believe In Life After Death

Kathy Chang-Lipsenthal | Posted 02.19.2012 | Books
Kathy Chang-Lipsenthal

My husband believed in past lives. Was I true believer? Not really. But after he died, strange things began to happen. Could this really be my late husband having fun from beyond the grave?

How to Console a Grieving Friend During the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Consoling a griever can feel like a frightening task. However, if you follow these six tips designed to open your heart and offer your support, your grieving friend will be most grateful.

Why Miscarrying Will Make Me A Great Mum

BritChick Paris | Posted 03.18.2012 | Parents
BritChick Paris

I guess I had my pregnancy test-run. I know the lay of the land now. I am ready for the next time, if it is meant to be.

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.

I Still Don't Understand Mark's Suicide

Stephanie Madoff Mack | Posted 02.10.2012 | Women
Stephanie Madoff Mack

Last year, nearly two months before my husband Mark Madoff committed suicide, he and I were out to dinner celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary.

7 Positive Steps To Deal With Loss

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 01.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

When a feeling of loss happens, learning to cope is essential to be able to bounce back.

Are Animals The Best Spiritual Companion?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Companion animals have a remarkable capacity to disrupt self-centeredness and inspire affection and appreciation for something completely "other."

Easy Holiday Planning For Caregivers

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Family traditions are the glue that keep a family connected over time. They are also a way that families traditionally have weathered crises, including terminal illness in a loved one.

How To Survive The Loss Of A Spouse

D. Keith Cobb, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2012 | Healthy Living
D. Keith Cobb, M.D.

The death of a spouse is rated as one of the most distressing events in life -- an event that one spouse in every couple must eventually face.

Losing a Childhood Friend

Gillian Clark | Posted 01.07.2012 | DC
Gillian Clark

We had been each other's solace in that school full of wealthier kids in bigger, nicer homes. We both had hardworking, immigrant parents. And neither one of us had dates to the senior prom.

Grieving On A Jet Plane: Tips For Traveling For Funerals And Other Unhappy Occasions

Jen Pollack Bianco | Posted 01.01.2012 | Travel
Jen Pollack Bianco

The five stages of grief -- which I have learned can happen all at the same time -- make it hard to function sometimes, so travel can be more difficult than usual. Grief is a complex and inconvenient emotion.

Big Bob

Neil McCarthy | Posted 12.24.2011 | New York
Neil McCarthy

My Dad was what the old timers call a "newspaperman." Not a "journalist" or "broadcaster" or "personality" or, God forbid, "talking head."

The Way You Sing It

Gary Zukav | Posted 11.27.2011 | Home
Gary Zukav

A friend took a trip to New Orleans after Katrina. He is a jazz musician and singer. He has been most of his life, and he feels that jazz is the greatest thing that has happened in America.

Don't Let Anyone Tell You How to Mourn!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact
Lev Raphael

It's not easy to tolerate someone else's grief, but it's cruel to tell people how to manage their grief, or how long they should mourn, or in what ways. Loss should be respected, not stifled or judged.

Mama, I'm Coming Home

Nikki Luongo | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

Ozzy Osbourne sang, "Times have changed and times are strange. Here I come, but I ain't the same." The Ozzman is right, times change and so do people....

Divorce Myths Debunked

Deborah Moskovitch | Posted 10.29.2011 | Divorce
Deborah Moskovitch

While shopping one day with a friend, we can across a top we both loved--one size fits all. Could we both wear the same top and look fabulous? It so...

If I Still Love You, How Can I Leave

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 10.10.2011 | Divorce
Nancy Alvarez

I met my second husband when I was teaching an Extension course on writing at a local college. It was my first day teaching at night, and I was worried about walking back to my car alone in the dark.

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.

The Window

Ginna Christensen | Posted 09.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Ginna Christensen

Grief is an emotion many of us have experienced, some of us in unhealthy ways. Here is a short short story about a woman dealing with despair.

What Is Grief?

Susan Orlins | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Orlins

At the cemetery, my sister and brother stand over our mother's coffin stricken with grief. Dry-eyed, I step up next to them.

Remembering My Father On Memorial Day

Laura Munson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Munson

I write that pain can be our guide, and I believe this with all my heart. Maybe what I have learned about the pain that comes with grief has to do with welcoming it. Not resisting it.

Complementary Cancer Treatments: Which Is For You?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

If these complementary therapies all have the power to reduce chronic stress and depression, could they not -- in combination with medical treatment -- potentially improve the prognosis and extend the lives of cancer patients?

The Spiritual Path Of Grief And Growth

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

As you and I learn to grieve properly -- and fully -- we see God show up with comfort for our weary souls.