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Defending Against Loss

Tara Brach | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

By opening to his own grief instead of armoring himself with anger, Justin was finally able to start the healing process. His grief had never gone away; it had just been hidden. Once he was willing to open to it and feel it, his own sorrow could show him the way home to peace.

Choose How You Want to Feel

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Instead of trying to change your feelings (as cognitive therapy attempts to do), change how you choose to view your thoughts. Practicing this way, we can notice what's without immediately reacting, thus become better to choose how we want to react.

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.

You Can't Go Home Again... Or Can You?

Serena Piper | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Serena Piper

Last summer after my grandma passed away, I had a conversation with my mom about whether or not it's a good idea to return to your childhood home after you've moved out and on with your life. "I know I never could because I knew it wouldn't be the same," she said.

Living With Loss

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

If you can pay attention, and let yourself hurt, it will open you up to living life more meaningfully. By knowing we don't have forever here or with someone, we can learn to appreciate the people in our lives more, to love more, and to be more open with what people mean to us.

How To Really Understand Your Emotions

Andrea Wachter | Posted 05.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

One of the most important aspects of being human is the fact that we have feelings -- all day long. And yet, rarely are we taught healthy ways to cope with them. Who among us learned about coping with emotions in school?

7 Smart Ways To Cope When Times Are Tough

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

It's easy to feel defeated and sorry for yourself when challenges in life arise, however, you can take another approach. While you may not be able to always control what happens in life, you can always choose how to react to it.

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..."

The World's Most Powerful Creative Act: Begin Again!

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Remember that we cannot begin again until some other chapter has closed. For the daffodil, the winter is on the wane. The end of one season brings the onset of the next new life.

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.

A Glimpse Into the Afterlife

Dr. Annie Kagan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Dr. Annie Kagan

People often ask if hearing Billy's voice from the afterlife is frightening. Not at all. As he speaks, the bliss of his world flows into mine and I feel almost euphoric. According to Billy, this is just the smallest taste of what awaits each of us when we pass into the hereafter.

Why One Grief Does Not Fit All

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

They were two men. I was wife to one and daughter to the other. They were two separate, distinct and unbearably difficult losses. I recognized and grieved those two losses as such. All grief is not the same.

Important Advice For Spouses Who Were 'Left'

Magda Pecsenye | Posted 04.10.2013 | Divorce
Magda Pecsenye

Here's some hope for 2013 for those of you who are getting divorced because your former partner left.

7 Ways Get Through A Painful Loss

Posted 01.28.2013 | OWN

By Will Schwalbe The author of The End of Your Life Book Club explains what helped him endure the loss of a loved one -- in his case, his wise and ...

Put Down The Phone: Compelling Reasons To Take A Break From Texting

Jordi Lippe | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordi Lippe

While I hope not everyone will have to experience the tremendous loss I dealt with, we all need to take some "me" time and filter out the spam of life.

Memories of Those Who Mattered

Tom Davis | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Davis

These were the people who shaped lives, who shaped my life. They weren't famous enough to get an obituary in the big newspapers. But they were the people who cared, who gave me moments each day that I looked forward to.

How To Plan A Wedding When You've Lost A Loved One

Bridal Guide | Posted 03.18.2013 | Weddings
Bridal Guide

Google "wedding ideas" and you'll get about 9.89 million results, but there's no guidebook for what to do when you don't have a mom to wedding dress shop with you.

Art After Death

Rebecca Campbell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
Rebecca Campbell

I'm an artist. The words sounded true but I didn't know what they meant. It's a simple act to look and paint. There is no cutting edge in sight. It's what flickers between the edges, burning and warming us both, that the practice has managed to gather.

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.

Regret Insurance

Robert Levithan | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Levithan

Regret is about not knowing then what we ended up knowing later. So, when faced with a day of appointments that are hard to cancel, I can look ahead and say to myself: If you don't go now and something goes awry, you will regret it later.

Legacies for the Living as We Mourn the Losses of Newtown

Rachael Freed | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

There is no better time than now, when our hearts are simultaneously broken yet grateful for the presence of our own precious treasure, our children and grandchildren, to express our love for them.

Advice for Recovering from a Tragedy

Jen Rubino | Posted 03.05.2013 | Teen
Jen Rubino

Finding the courage to move forward and continue to live after a tragedy is extremely difficult -- it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. For anyone who has been through a tragic event, I wanted to share some advice.

10 New Year Resolutions For Widowers

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 03.02.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I am delighted to present to you 10 widowed resolutions for your happy new year. These resolutions are meant to bring you peace, comfort and most of all, ownership of both your Healing Journey and ultimately, your life.

Saying Goodbye to Nana

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Zachary K. Pearce

I did my best to hide my tears, to not let my Nana sense that I knew God was calling her home. There was no medical indication of that. I didn't need to hear it from them. I knew in that moment, that God was readying Nana.