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Parentless Parents

Parentless Parents: Remembering Your Dad on Father's Day

Allison Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2011 | Women
Allison Gilbert

Father's Day can be particularly challenging if you've lost your dad. I'm a mom of two young children, and my father passed away when my son, our oldest, was just 18-months-old.

Parentless Parents: Strategies For A Better Mother's Day

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

The truth is, being a mom hasn't removed the part of me that was also a daughter, and sometimes Mother's Day is just a painful reminder of her absence. So what can one do to make Mother's Day less painful and a lot more joyful?

What Geraldine Ferraro Taught Me About Being A Parentless Parent

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

Geraldine Ferraro taught me that nobody ever completely moves on from losing his or her parents, not even she, a political icon.

Why Writing About Grief Makes Me Happy

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

In truth, I'm happy in the face of what I write because I have an outlet for all my feelings. My upbeat attitude has been shaped by creating a new and different conversation about loss, and the relationship I have with my readers.

Parentless Parents: It's My Birthday!

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

One of the most important lessons I've learned since my parents passed away is the absolute necessity of taking care of myself. I've come to realize that I am the only person responsible for my happiness -- not my husband, not my friends.

Parenting Without Parents: The Challenge Of Asking For Help

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Asking for help puts you in a vulnerable position. The person you are asking might just say no, and then what? "I can do it myself" is a mantra for many of us who grew up too soon.

Why Family Names Are Central for Parentless Parents

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Redmond Satran

For new parents whose own mother and father have passed away, choosing a baby name that honors them and keeps their memory alive may take on a special significance.

What It Means To Be A Parentless Parent

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

For the first time in U.S. history, millions of children (and their parents) are actually vulnerable to having less time with their grandparents than more. A revolution is happening in the way generations are connected in America.

Parentless Parents: The 'I' Factor

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

Parentless parents could read every parenting book in the world and we'd still never learn what we really want to know as moms and dads.

Parentless Parents: Teaching My Daughter About The Grandfather She Never Knew

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

My dad thought these lessons were important for me to learn, and they are now important for me to share with my daughter.