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Losing a Loved One

My First Father's Day Without Dad

Susan Vernicek | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women
Susan Vernicek

I lay in bed at night thinking of my dad and how each day I feel is getting to be too "normal and routine."

Keep Going -- We Believe in You

Nancy Sharp | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Sharp

Among all the lessons borne from losing my husband to cancer, the one I see clearest is this: The best way to memorialize a loved one is to choose life. When life feels hard, I tell myself to keep going. I tell my children the same thing.

Losing a Partner: How to Recover from the Loss of a Loved One

Margaret Manning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Accept the love and support of family and friends at this time, but understand that they may not know what to say or do.

7 Ways To Honor A Missing Loved One At Your Wedding

www.glamour.com | Posted 05.02.2013 | Weddings

Obviously you want to be surrounded by everyone you love on your wedding day, so it sucks when that just can't happen. Here are seven ways to honor th...

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.

The ONE Thing to Never Say After a Long-Term Illness

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

You have read it in newspapers, you have seen it in obituaries or heard it at funerals and you have certainly heard it on the news many times -- you may even actually say it yourself.

My Grandmother Amy: A Life Well-Lived for 98 Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

My grandmother's picture was featured on the cover of the sheet music for "Once In Love With Amy," and the story goes that late one night, my grandfather brought home dozens of copies of the sheet music and hung them up all over their apartment in Forest Hills to surprise her.

'He's In A Better Place' -- And 14 Other Things You Should NEVER Say To The Bereaved

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.13.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

When someone says: 'He's in a better place.' What the widowed are thinking is: 'Better than here with me?'

Have You Treasured Your Life Today?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Those near and dear to us will feel our absence, and we trust that after we're gone, we will remain in their hearts just as those who have passed on from our lives remain in our own. And so it goes on this human journey.

Celebrating Lost Loved Ones During The Holidays

Jackie Hooper | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Jackie Hooper

It can be difficult to find the strength to keep family traditions alive, especially if the person who loved them so much is no longer around to share in the experience.

'Don't Plead With Me Not To Die'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

If God did not mean for us to live forever and did not indicate that longevity beats out quality, doesn't it make sense that when someone is dying the expectation would be to encourage them to let go?

Eight Weeks With Dad

Susanna Quinn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susanna Quinn

Perhaps for the first time, I saw the world through the eyes of a dying man, and it was so much better. Time moved slower, the flowers were brighter, people were kinder, and my family and friends were more meaningful.

FACE IT: Funerals Can Be Life Affirming

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Attending a funeral is beneficial not only to those closest to the bereaved, but is a healing and necessary way to help them -- and us -- move on. And to remind us that every moment counts.

Death, Impermanence And Continuity

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

At the intellectual level everybody knows we are going to die, but what does death really mean? One interpretation is that we suffer because we do not understand or fully relate to impermanence.

Accepting the Death of a Loved One

Sadhguru | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sadhguru

Would we even have a perspective as to what life is if there was no death? Life is what it is only because death is.

Destigmatizing Death and Dying Through Social Media

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Deat is a part of life, and I welcome that they are part of the 21st century chronicles of life, reality television and the Internet--mediums that have the power to inform, connect and entertain.

Parentless Parents: Why Is Mother's Day So Hard?

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

While I purchase gifts for my husband's mother and his stepmother, I can't choose anything for the one woman I'd like to buy something for the most. My mother.

Death and Dying: Reflections on Suffering and Loss

Scott Cairns | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Cairns

As I weep over my big sweet dogs, I wince off and on, a little embarrassed that in a world where each newscast brings new images of heart-wrenching human tragedy, I continue to be so broken up over them.

Eva Markvoort: Woman Blogs Final Days Battling Cystic Fibrosis

cnn.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Propped in a hospital bed, Eva Markvoort sat surrounded by her family and said into the camera, "My life is ending." Markvoort had cystic fibrosis, a...

Elena Kagan: Getting to Know Her Through the Loss of Her Parents

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

We've already learned that Elena Kagan is a remarkable woman with outstanding professional credentials. Something else, however, may be even more revealing about her character.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Can Facebook Help You Grieve?

Dr. Paula Bloom | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paula Bloom

I am personally a huge fan of facebook. It has been like this guilty little pleasure that felt too unprofessional to talk about. Well, fast forward to April 5, 2010, the day my father died.

End Of Life Care: Starting That Difficult Conversation

Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D.

How to talk about end of life care: the essential conversation that will let you make decisions consistent with your loved one's wishes.

Saying Good Night To My Brother

wowOwow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"You're my best friend," I told my brother. He was trying to breathe, lying in a hospice bed in Boca Raton. My sons were also leaning over him, "Breat...

End Of Life Treatment And Natural Death

Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D.

The choice for a timely natural death begins with education. First, you must know your options - the steps you can take if you arrive at the point where you would prefer death to continued suffering.

5 Ways To Cope With Holiday Grief

intent.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Behind our holiday smiles and good wishes, many of us carry feelings of deep grief.� So how can we have a wonderful holiday if we are experiencing s...