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Loss of a Loved One

My Wish Over the Holiday Season for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones

Jonni Gray | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonni Gray

The opposite of death isn't life. The opposite of death is birth. Use this holiday season to give birth to a new form of relationship with your loved one who has passed on.

Holidays After Loss: A Love Letter

Gina Barreca | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Gina Barreca

Other people's happiness is more difficult to avoid than other people's pain. Seeing the holidays swirl around you means being hurt all over again.

Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bereaved individuals because it is supposed to be a celebratory occasion when family and friends come together with great joy... But for those in mourning, it often brings home the realization that things will never be the same.

10 Healing Quotes to Help With Grief

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

When we lose a loved one, the difficult part is trying to learn how to function without them. The relationship is so ingrained in our daily habits, we have to train ourselves to learn new behaviors without the loved one around.

What To To Expect After Losing A Loved One

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Three things to consider when you experience a loss in your life.

Open Letter to the Class of 2014 From a Mom Whose Son Will Not Graduate

Gisela Voss | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Gisela Voss

Most of your high school friends are graduating, Luke, and it's not that I begrudge them their milestones. It's just that on top of missing you, I am missing yours. So by way of channeling my grief into something positive, I dare write a letter to your classmates finishing college.

Are You Grieving 'Right'? What's Right, What's 'Wrong'... And WTF?

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

I have always taken great umbrage at anyone criticizing, questioning or opining on how the widowed handle their grief and their highly individual and intensely personal healing journeys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

Grief Without Belief: How Do Atheists Deal With Death?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

For all the talk of rationality, intellectual honesty, and objectivity we engage in as atheists, this is one of the most uncomfortable questions we have to wrestle with.

Never Too Old for Halloween

Nikki Luongo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It's impossible to believe, but in less than three weeks, it'll be Halloween again. It's impossible to believe because it's nearly 80 degrees and instead of being blistery cold, it's like another August, but of course it's not.

Anywhere But Here: The Vagaries of Grief

Julie Gray | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

You can't outrun grief, I'll tell you that for sure. It is an inconvenient truth if ever there was one. Is it better today than it was three years ago when I got that nightmarish, surreal phone call?

8 Ways to Tell if You Are Still in a Relationship With Your Deceased Loved One

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

When you lose your loved one, you must break apart and individuate again. That process can be extremely difficult if the bonding has been strong and enduring.

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.

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 Pilgrimage To Bhutan: Making Sense Of 2012 -- Part Two

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

In this place, alone with my daughter Rachel, with a few simple things, walking and walking, it seems complete enough. Even the drama of death and divorce seem distant, part of the endless cycle of life, not something to dwell in, to linger on, but to face, absorb and pass on.

A Pilgrimage To Bhutan: Making Sense Of 2012

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Hyman, MD

I took a pause and went to do the things that restore me, that slow me down enough to notice what is true. For me, it is walking in the mountains and offering myself in the service of others.

Fear And Grief: My New Normal

Deborah Sumner | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Sumner

My fear is that I lost more than my mom; I lost an ally, a protector, a counselor, and a confidante. Even though she's not physically here, she's still a huge part of who I am.

Fear And Grief: 'When You Lose Your Mother, You Also Lose Your Childhood'

Deborah Sumner | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Sumner

My sister Janet told me that I'm stronger than she is in dealing with the loss of our mother. Maybe that's true, but I think it's that I let other people's well-meaning but fear-based comments pass through me, rather than letting them take hold of me.

Tragedy: A Love Story

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

Sometimes I just have one of those days. I was a living in the crawl space of my head, frustrated, angry and anxious. I was afraid of and consumed b...

Honoring The Memory Of A Deceased Loved One

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Bearing witness to a deceased loved one is about doing whatever it takes for you to feel that you have done your part to preserve and honor his or her memory.

For Dennis

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

When Dennis was 12, he was struck by lightning and thrown close to 50 feet. He went into a coma for 40 days. When he came to, he had a different perspective: that we were all connected.

18 Profound Quotes On Strength And Wisdom After A Loss

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.04.2012 | Healthy Living

Loss comes in many forms: the death of a loved one, an ended relationship, the loss of a home. Sometimes it's more abstract -- a job loss can cause y...

Grief And Renewal: One Mother's Story

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Tom and Debbie had grieved their daughter's loss, of course. They had even tried to replace her--three times over. But the one thing they had never done was to celebrate her life.

A Skeptic's Journey Through Grief

Elisa Medhus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisa Medhus, M.D.

As a physician with a strong science background, I used to regard all things spiritual with a jaded eye--until the recent suicide of my young son, Erik.

The New Grief: How Modern Medicine Is Changing Dying, Death and Loss

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Modern medicine, in short, is getting better and better at staving off death. And as life expectancy in countries like ours continues to grow, the nature of grief has changed.

How Did Grief Get an Expiration Date?

Lynne Hughes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lynne Hughes

I've heard time and time again there is a societal expectation to "get over" grief in six months, and at the longest, a year.