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Loss and Grief

And Then There Was None: The Miscarriage I Never Expected

Lindley Pless | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Lindley Pless

I wanted to hide away in bed until it had all passed, but I had to go on. Thanksgiving needed to be celebrated, family needed to be joined and the girls needed their mom to be their mom. And therein lies the rub.

Freedom Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be Now That I'm A Widow

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

This past weekend was jam packed, again, still. A combination of my need to keep busy and the freedom to actually be able to get out. But obviously that freedom comes at a high price.

8 Ways to Cope With Grief at Milestones

Omega Institute | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Author of Broken Open Elizabeth Lesser and Zen psychologist Brenda Shoshanna offer practical ways to make milestones manageable for those who are grie...

A Prayer for Peace

Nancy Sharp | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Nancy Sharp

Might we put aside our frustrations and be gentle with our children? Might we have real conversations about values? Might we all just stop and breathe and think about peace in our lives and peace in our world?

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

What to Do When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Marilyn Tam | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

We do not know why bad things happen to good people, but we can do what we can to help, and to remember that underneath those dark clouds, the sun is still shining.

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.

Condolence

Sarah Richards Kim, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Richards Kim, M.D.

Some have suggested that sending a condolence card is in fact part of a physician's professional obligation to a patient. Families may be comforted by the affirmation that their loved one was not merely a name on a roster, but a person, whose death is noteworthy.

10 Pieces of Advice To Get You Through A Terrible Day

Posted 03.21.2013 | OWN

By Lisa Kogan In the past ten years I have survived an asymmetrical bob, a high-risk pregnancy, a malignant melanoma, a sneak preview of "Shutt...

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.

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.

On Paper, Adopting a Dog Was a Very Bad Idea

Emily Layden | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York
Emily Layden

There is no place for inference or ambiguity in this story, not even the carefully constructed kind.

Tracks of My Tears

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

For many years, on those rare occasions when I cried, I'd get a headache. But when the grief is so intense, the tears wash over and seem to take out all the toxins and pain; at least, that's my non-scientific analysis.

She Carved Out a Wonderful Life

Charlie Carillo | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

The little girl came home from school in tears, saddled with an assignment she knew she couldn't handle.

Why I Spoke At My Ex-Husband’s Funeral

Judith Ruskay Rabinor Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2012 | Divorce
Judith Ruskay Rabinor Ph.D.

My 68-year-old ex-husband, Arnie Rabinor, was diagnosed several months ago with non-operable pancreatic cancer. Within 10 weeks, he was gone. His loss was a stunning and heartbreaking blow.

The Single Most Important Thing To Do After Divorce

Alison Patton | Posted 11.27.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

How do you forgive the unforgivable?

The 5 Stages Of Grief, Addressed

Noah Kass | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

I believe strongly in the five stages of grief model, developed by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. It has proven to be applicable for many aspects of grief, including those involving the loss of a loved one.

Jai Pausch On Dreaming New Dreams

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.18.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In her new book, Jai Pausch chronicles the profound challenges that she and her family faced as Randy succumbed to cancer. Pausch speaks for millions in describing how she managed her role of caregiver, how she dealt with extraordinary grief, how she negotiated the emotional terrain of parenting.

Solace Through Exposure

The Technician | Posted 06.23.2012 | College
The Technician

The nightmarish reality of Charlie's childhood memories were not uncovered until his days at Fellowship Hall, where, during a word association exercise, Charlie's instant response to the word "chocolate" was "knife," which uprooted the repressed experience.

Mourning and the Lonely Land of Closure

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, PhD

It's time to reclaim community as a source of healing for our grief. It's so simple. We don't need "closure." We simply need each other.

The Pancake Ballet: Spring, Beethoven and Honoring Grandma

Alysia Reiner | Posted 05.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Alysia Reiner

Spring has sprung. And with the shift in the weather, the daffodil blossoms, the window box we planted yesterday, comes magical renewed hope. And memories.

What Not to Say to a Griever (And What You Should Say or Do Instead)

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Grief is one of the most universal of human experiences. Virtually every single person you know, including yourself, will eventually lose a loved one.

The Grieving Garden: Simple Ways to Cope With Trauma and Loss

Leann Reynolds | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Finding solace in ordinary tasks like gardening and organizing can be very comforting and even therapeutic when people are grieving, whether it is the death of a loved one or the loss of someone to a life-altering illness such as dementia.

Seeing The Dead

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

Over the years as a community pastor, like most pastors, I attended to death, funerals and grieving in my town. Over the years, many times, the grieving would pull me aside and say, "Preacher, I had this dream..."

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."