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Mourning

A Fistful of Jeans: How it Actually Feels to Lose a Parent

Joe DeProspero | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

The worst part of losing her wasn't finding her body; It wasn't even having to break the news to her mother (my grandmother) later that day. It was the moment I returned to my job and realized that I was expected to simply blend back into society as if I wasn't permanently damaged.

Don't Label Teens Dying in Our Streets -- We Mourn Them All

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

A headline is not a eulogy. A headline's purpose should be to help us to determine what's important in a news event. And while I realize the constant assault of our newsfeeds leads to higher-stake headlines, what's important is that a teenager -- not an "honor student" -- has been killed.

Keeping Their Memories Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

We need to emphasize and celebrate the values, passions, memories and legacies of those we have lost rather than constantly rewinding how they were taken from us.

For My Dad

Randi Miller | Posted 09.03.2014 | DC
Randi Miller

My dad was not superhuman. He was just a man who was operating with the tools he was given by his own life experience. What a cool guy he ended up being, once I opened my eyes, and how grateful I am to have taken the time to get to know him.

This Is What Life Without Robin Williams Is Like: A TV Writer Copes

David S. Simon | Posted 08.20.2014 | Celebrity
David S. Simon

When someone like Robin Williams dies it prematurely speeds up life and forces you to stare down directly into the face of mortality. You feel frightened and helpless because, spoiler alert: you are very, very mortal. You always are and will always be.

Letter To My Daughter On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Passing

Sukey Forbes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte, two of the most profound life experiences for me were the day you came into the world as my daughter and the day you left the world as my daughter.

Dealing With Pet Loss

Cristina Miliaresis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Cristina Miliaresis

There is a deep infinite emptiness that accompanies the loss of a pet and member of the family. Many pets are viewed as 'furry children' and losing them at 10,12, even 14 years is a tragedy.

Growing Pains

Anthony Romeo | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Anthony Romeo

To say that the life of Robin Williams affected only those in my age group would be incorrect. But for 20-somethings like myself, the passing of our most memorable and iconic comedian is a blow to the childhoods we'll now never be able to reclaim.

An Open Letter to the Man Who Murdered My Mommy

Woz Flint | Posted 08.11.2014 | Crime
Woz Flint

I've never had the chance to say these words to him face-to-face. And I don't know if I'd actually waste even one breath on him if he were right in front of me. But if I did have that chance and some breath to spare, here is what I would say.

Today I Saw an Embalmed Corpse, How About You?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Sidonie Sawyer

As part of a valuable experience I was seeking for a story, I worked part time for a week in a funeral home. You know, just to get a feel of what Six Feet Under was like. I have to admit that there is no monkey business to report after a few days, all is calm and regal.

The 90 Day Post-Mortem Mourning Report on Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

Portrait of my late mother Alice Barbanel as a 21 year-old. I don't know where to put Mom. Not Mom in actuality, but her portrait. Mom passed away...

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, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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?