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Losing a Parent

What it's Like Pocket-Dialing a Dead Parent and Being Emotionally Triggered by Five Guys

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Death is kind of like a bad break-up. There's a lot of ugly crying, fetal position dry heaves, binge drinking and subsequent after-hours spent reaching for the phone. The only difference is that, this time, there's no chance of reconcile.

The World Cup Is More Than Just Soccer, It's A Reminder My Dad Once Lived Here

Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Taryn Hillin

It's hard for me to remember my dad before the hospitals, the psychiatric wards, the 911 calls and hospice care. He was sick for so long, it feels like he was always that way. But there are moments that are clear to me and that Germany-USA match is one of them.

The Words That Changed My Life After My Mom Died

Erin Whitten | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen
Erin Whitten

When people ask me why I have so much drive and passion for success, there is only one person's name I respond with: Michelle. Michelle was my best friend. She was my mother.

My First Father's Day Without Dad

Susan Vernicek | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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."

Remembering Mom and Dad

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.

Mom and Me

Michelle Madison | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Madison

I have learned that life's struggles are meant to be shared and not carried alone. I have learned that you don't wait to say "I love you" until the person is sick or dying; you say it every day. You make sure the people in your life know how important they are to you.

What I Want My Kids To Know About My Long-Gone Mom

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

I lost my mother and very best friend in 1996, when I was 33 years old. In some ways I miss her more now than I did all those years ago.

A Prayer for Dad

Talia Weisberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Talia Weisberg

Saying Kaddish showed me that I can assert my voice in religious spaces, something that I had never tried to do before. It showed my community that I am a full member, despite being a girl, dedicated to Judaism and its dictates.

The Road to Everywhere: Why You Can't Put Off That Trip Any Longer

Mikah Meyer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Mikah Meyer

I didn't exactly know what to do with my dad's Elantra. So I drove. I got in the car and took my first independent road trip. It was the only thing I could do to both honor my dad and escape the overwhelming pain and death at home.

What It's Like To Lose A Parent

Susannah Keogh | Posted 05.03.2014 | Teen
Susannah Keogh

Last month, I turned 18. Every friend and member of my family was there to celebrate this milestone with me except one person: my father.

Finding Hope After

Jennifer White | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

I looked at pictures of the two of us and asked her. "What can I do to remember you? It feels like the world has just moved on and I'm supposed to go with it and I...can't."

One Thing I'll Never Be Able To Give My Daughters -- And What I Can Do Instead

Alexis Castellano | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

My daughters are still so young. Their greatest concerns are about wearing a dress with tights to school vs. leggings and a sparkly shirt. They'd like to string beads on a necklace, but they can't decide between pink and purple or green and blue. Please, can I just press pause?

Dad's Letters Become A Beautiful Yet Heartbreaking Holiday Gift

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

Some of the best gifts this holiday season won't be wrapped with a bow. Erich, who goes by pentathlone on Reddit lost his dad to cancer on Thanksg...

One Of The Most Difficult Discussions I've Ever Had To Endure

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

The End-of-Life meeting at the nursing home was held in the Serenity Room at noon. We were summoned, my mother and I, by the team who have been caring for my father for five years in the dementia ward. We showed up late, my mother and I, arm in arm, like diminished Rockettes.

Living In Fear Of Dying At The Same Age As My Mother

Fredrica Duke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Fredrica Duke

Now, I'm in a not-so-exclusive club of orphans who live in fear that we might die at the same age as our parent. I try hard to outrun that fate. I have five or so more years until then. Only unlike her, I'm not going down without a fight.

How My Dying Father Became The Zen Master Of Peacock Watching

Lisa Meritz | Posted 11.28.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

I got the call at night. My 86-year-old father Morry, a man so full of energy and life that he worked full-time until he was 76 years old, had overdosed on pain medicine. They pumped his stomach, but they couldn't tell yet whether he would live.

What James Gandolfini's Son Learned Last Night

Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

You are the one who calls for help. And the fact that the rest of the world mourns the news with you does little to mute the horror of the moment.

My Father's Very Last Gift To Me

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

On Father's Day I remember my dad's last gift to me. Out of the blue, he gave us an hour of clarity and energy that I will cherish. Today, that gift helps me remember the real dad, the guy with the great smile that made everyone laugh, the guy who could show us how much he loved us.

LOOK: Emotional Moment With Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard Is A Tear-Jerker

The Huffington Post | Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.22.2013 | Parents

It's like an episode of "Parenthood" -- funny, dramatic and sure to make you cry -- but a recent tear-jerker of a blog post by one of the show's star...

Sign of Peace From a Fighter's Spirit

Anne Vitiello | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Anne Vitiello

The thing about someone who was a key part of your life is that even when they leave it, even after years pass, they still are -- just from a different place. I still want to hear my dad's voice, but I will accept hearing it in dreams, or seeing it in snowfall, or smelling it in good food.

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.

Why I'll Be Holding My Son A Little Tighter This Thanksgiving

Caren Chesler | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Every year at this time, as I prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, I remember that the best bird I ever made was the year no one cared about the meal.

The Funeral Costume

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My father rallied, but he was decidedly diminished. My husband bought a black suit. I did the same. For a year, our suits lived in the empty closet in my grown son's room, zipped safely away in a garment bag. I called mine 'my funeral costume.'

Hands Together Heart to Art, Camp for Kids Who Have Experienced the Death of a Parent

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.06.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Through the performing arts of dance, theater and music, the camp allows kids, regardless of race or economic situation, to engage in the arts as a way of fostering self-confidence and self-expression during a traumatic time.

'I Had Never Seen Anyone Die Before'

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 09.26.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

I had never seen anyone die before. My dad went peacefully but still, it was awfully hard to watch. I had my hand on his forehead the whole time. My siblings each held a hand or rested their hand on his leg.