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Mourning

The Long Way Home: Grief Deferred and Acceptance Found

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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.

An Unexpected Life Preserver After the Death of My Husband

Jamie Greenebaum | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Jamie Greenebaum

I found this poem, again. Rob believed that he had experienced a life/death choice during his surgery and wrote this poem from it. I always read it thinking of cancer and illness and death. Now I feel he wrote it as a lifeline to me.

A New Year of Peace... Finding Healing and Resilience Amidst the Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

While it is true that you can't just make a New Year's resolution to feel a certain way, you can resolve to take some steps this year to help yourself along this complicated journey through grief.

(R)evolution in Academia: Laurence Rickels and the James Bond Spectre

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

"My name is Bond... James Bond." Just why are we so bonded to that line and the world's longest running film franchise sourced in the Ian Fleming novels?

We Can Make a Difference!

Annie Buckley | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

We often think that when someone is ill or mourning or suffering in some way that whatever the person is going through must be so hard that we can't possibly help. Everyone is different. Be yourself. Do what comes naturally to you and is meaningful for your friend. If you have an idea, wild or simple, but aren't sure if it will help, ask!

Broken Lives and Open Hearts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

This week will mark the 34th anniversary of the accident that resulted in my quadriplegia, and I have been reflecting about how life happens and then ...

What's In A Life?

Chef Rossi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Chef Rossi

I have been pondering this question all week: "What's in a life?" There has been a lot of death recently. With the loss of the great, awe-inspirin...

A Short List for Grief and the Holidays

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

For those who are dealing with acute grief, remember that they are probably living in a fog: nothing seems real because of the shock that grief causes. The holidays are probably the last thing on their mind, and if they are, there can be a sense of panic over what to do next.

Farewell, Tata

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Diann Rust-Tierney

When I think of a world without our beloved Mandela, I imagine how empty it will feel without his great intellect and incredible gift.

Why We Need To Change Our Approach To Grief

Megan Devine | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

The stages of grief were not meant to tell you what you feel, what you should feel, and when exactly you should feel it. They were not meant to dictate whether you are doing your grief "correctly" or not. They were meant to normalize a deeply not-normal time.

Coping With Loss of Loved Ones Through Theratainment

Tara Fass | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who've had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance. Let's turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.

A Widow's Hint to the Living: Talk About My Husband

Judy Silk | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Judy Silk

Speak of my late husband. Go ahead, I beg you. There is an old Jewish proverb that says "As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them."