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Mourning

Comfort Our People, Compassion for All God's People

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This year, amidst the war that rages on the ground, in the shattered remnants of our hearts, we believe the world needs an extra Shabbat of Comfort, an extra dose of compassion, an extra week to seek comfort for all of God's fragile creation.

What to Do With Our Grief Over the Mid-East Crisis?

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Leeat Granek, PhD

Turning that grief into aggression, rage, revenge and anger in the form of hateful posts, violent protests, or further divisiveness among people and nations is not the way to go if you care about human life, human rights, or peace.

How Finding My Father's iPhone Helped Me Mourn His Death

Jordan Jayson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jordan Jayson

I realize nothing can replace a face-to-face goodbye. But I believe the digital clues I've been able to piece together give me the memories I need, and I'm grateful that I was able to witness his life -- even in death.

Rob Kardashian's 'Father Wounds'

George Sachs, Psy.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Entertainment
George Sachs, Psy.D.

If Rob were on my couch, I would allow him space to grieve his father. It's not just his father's physical absence that needs to be acknowledged, but the meaning of that loss in his life. I would help Rob see how lost he feels without him.

AIDS Nostalgia and 1991's Someone Else From Queens Is Queer

Christopher Murray | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

I never saw a performance of Someone Else From Queens Is Queer, the 1991 solo show of AIDS activist and health policy enfant terrible Richard Elovich, but know it from the text published in the journal Theatre in the summer 1993 issue, which I've always kept a copy of and read every few years.

One Daughter's Response To Her Mother's Death, Captured In Stunning Keepsake Photos

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts

"I found myself deeply overwhelmed by the need to keep even the most mundane of my mom's belongings when she died suddenly this past February," photog...

'Today Would Have Been My 14th Wedding Anniversary'

Heather Sweeney | Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce
Heather Sweeney

I learned it was best to write in pencil because plans always changed. I became skilled at emotionally detaching the meaning to meaningful days.

Tremendous Sacrifices to Build a Better Future

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

Our father was a commercial artist and designer who also worked with home improvement design. He taught art and interior design classes in the Phil...

Brothers Forever: A Talk with Col. Tom Manion

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. While leading a counterattack against the enemy, drawing fire away from his wounded comrades, Travis was fatally wounded by a sniper. His actions allowed ever other member of his patrol to survive.

My Mother's Death: One of the Most Transcendent Moments of My Life

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.10.2014 | Fifty
Arianna Huffington

Everyone felt her presence there, hosting, presiding, shining her light on us. In our garden, we planted a lemon tree in her honor that has been producing juicy lemons ever since.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Do Your Mourning Now

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

There is an old saying, "That which doesn't destroy us makes us stronger." Life-threatening illness -- or any adversity -- can be a strengthener. Not necessarily to the body, but certainly to the character and to the spirit.

The Long Way Home: Grief Deferred and Acceptance Found

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

While I really wish that my ring had never fallen down the toilet to be lost in sewage-y oblivion, I'm grateful that I'll finally, once and for all, be able to properly say goodbye to my beloved Nonna.

Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Travel
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

For the family members who are waiting, not knowing is excruciating. Lacking concrete proof of their death, what can the family members do to cope? How can they begin to mourn their loss? How can they even accept their loss when even a thread of hope still remains?

Supporting Those Who Grieve

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Do you ever wonder what you can or should do for a friend or family member after they have experienced the death of someone close to them? Should you mention the person who died? Will it upset them if you do? How do you find the words to express your condolences?

Together Through Mud

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

After all, with the ongoing therapeutic and financial needs that typically follow a community tragedy, why put time and energy toward what is ultimately a bunch of folks traipsing through the mud?

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

All Creatures Great and Small: A Lesson in Mourning

Helen Davey | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Many of you may have read about the life of the legendary "Elephant Whisperer," conservationist and author Lawrence Anthony, who established (and live...

Newton's Third Law of Grieving

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 04.26.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

Everywhere I look I see evidence of my past life with Rob, of who I was and where I was going. I can not see beyond it.

My Daddy Forever

Amy Lord | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Amy Lord

I wasn't ready to surrender my daily call(s) to my dad. I needed to fill him in on Jamie's latest audition and kvell about Hallie's good grades.

9 Things Not To Say To A Bereaved Parent

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

You know better than to say something like, "He/she is in a better place" or "You're lucky you have other children," don't you? Here's a list of other well-meaning blunders reported by bereaved parents that have made us squirm.

11 Healthy Ways to Grieve

Margaret Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

Death is inevitable. To be repulsed by death is to be repulsed by life itself. Both poles must exist and be in balance. Light and shadow. Yin and yang. Dream and waking. Winter and summer.

Miscarriage

Deborah Cruz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

I want to scream and yell and kick the world. The pain is so all-consuming that it swallows me whole. I am too weary to fight. I can't even cry.

A Life Beyond

Howard Meyer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Howard Meyer

What happens to your digital footprint when you die? Today, people's whole lives are documented, digitized and archived online. What is to ensure that people continue to remember and look for a person's memories years after they die?

6 Surprising Realizations A Year After The Death Of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

If losing a beloved child is a reminder that we live in a brutal world, the outpouring of goodwill is another reminder that kind people live among us.