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Grieving

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.

Memories of New Years Eve

Honey Seltzer | Posted 02.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Honey Seltzer

On New Year's Eve I prefer to pay homage to my mother my own way. If I had known that night she was going to leave us, I would have kissed her, hugged her and told her I loved her. I didn't, because it truly never dawned on me that this was her last night.

Quiet Exit

Bill Swadley | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Bill Swadley

Our relationship was complete. There were no axes to grind or unfinished business. No unspoken affections or apologies to make.

Lighting Their Way

Terry Marotta | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Terry Marotta

Death is not the story's title. And death is not the chapter's close. It's what is done in the face of death that makes the tale worth reading.

Be an Angel: In Tribute to Newtown

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

We are angels on earth who touch and are touched. In a time of darkness, we can be the vehicle for light. Intuitively, every one of us wants to leave the world a better and brighter place. Those that died last week live in us and through us.

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.

Compassion Born From Tragedy

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

When situations or people challenge us, we need to identify that we're angry, confused, or frustrated. If we acknowledge that we're likely to make poor decisions in these states, it's easier to find the motivation to let these emotions go.

5 Simple Steps To Cultivate Healing During Times Of Tragedy

David Magone | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Magone

In a situation like this, it can be so hard to know what to do. Lacking other practical options, and having no way to protect those who have already been harmed, it can be easy to be overtaken by intense anger and other destructive emotional states.

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.

The Tragedy in Newtown, CT

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Sadly, this tragedy reminds us of the need to do whatever it takes to ensure schools are safe sanctuaries for all students and staff, and provide environments focused on teaching and learning.

The Six Steps Those Widowed Should Take

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.16.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

In what is known as Widowed World, widowhood is defined as: 'A club that absolutely no one willingly joins; a state of existence that will upend your life as you knew it and forever change the rest of your life from what you had previously and carefully designed into a scary and uncertain future.'

How Do We Go From Fairy Tales to Grieving Tales?

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Christina Rasmussen

We must include our children in our grief. Not only does it help them avoid the confusion of loss, but it also helps them discover their own strengths and their heart's ability to heal itself.

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.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 6: Reduce Comparing the Present With the Past

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

With self-compassion and patience, you can emerge from the depths of challenging times, especially if you connect with the strength that comes from truly putting your heart into the intention to move forward.

A Retail Christmas Story

Molly Moynahan | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Molly Moynahan

My final memory of the Christmas of 1984 was witnessing our Christmas hires tossing merchandise down to their relatives and friends waiting on the street from the windows of the store. Briefly, I wondered if I was guilty of anything, but then I recalled the spirit of Christmas.

On Coping With Loss At The Holidays

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Here are a few holiday scenarios people commonly find themselves grappling with when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one at the holidays, and some ways to address them.

What To Say (And NOT To Say) To A Grieving Person

Gloria Horsley | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Gloria Horsley

I revisit my seventeen-year-old son's death, and ponder what people said or did that seemed helpful and not so helpful.

What Does 'Giving Thanks' Really Mean?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what "giving thanks" really means. It means looking in someone's eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

A Shared Trauma: The Death of Pan Am

Helen Davey | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Following the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I invite those who are suffering from this massive collective trauma to view this speech.

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.