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Saying Goodbye

Finding Closure: How a Gravestone Helped Me Say Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Today I found a moment in which I could rest. My father's grave is no longer a place where he has simply disappeared from this earth but instead a place of acknowledgment.

Letting Go Is a Lot Harder the Third Time Around

Amy Byrnes | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Byrnes

They do this, kids. They start out making you weak at the knees with the love you feel for them -- their tiny little fingers and sweet-smelling heads -- and then push you to the brink of homicide after a few short years of incessantly asking, "Why?" and "Why not?"

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

Their Pop is the one they saw last month, the last time they saw him. The Pop that was not feeling well that day. The Pop that slept most of the day, but still managed to get up and spend some time with them.

Goodbyes, Mostly, These Days

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

Why must it be the most beautiful the day we leave for the last time, autumn sunlight dappled just so, never was it ladled quite as deliciously. ...

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

Are You Ready for College?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

This felt like just another trip we were taking together. Returning home without Katie was impossible to process.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

Why We Need to Show Up for the Hard Stuff

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.11.2014 | Good News
Lisa Abeyta

I laid there in the dark for a moment, almost upset that I'd read it. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to be there for this -- the end. I didn't want to see my dad like that. I didn't want to do any of this.

A Farewell to My Mother

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

To be there with my mother at this sacred time of her life, was the greatest gift I have ever received. We -- her family -- were her ushers. Taking her hand and escorting her from this world to the next.

How Gray's Papaya Helped Get Me Drunk at Age 4

Ashbey Riley | Posted 03.16.2014 | New York
Ashbey Riley

This week, our beloved Gray's in Greenwich officially closed. To think of it shuttered makes me a little sad to say the least. It wasn't that they had the best hot dogs, it was that Gray's was a part of people's lives for a very long time.

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

Whatever Happens Next

Judy Clement Wall | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Judy Clement Wall

I'm on a road trip with my son, Adam. We're driving 1,265 miles over four days, from California, where he's lived his whole life, to New Mexico, where he'll live for the next four years while he attends college.

The Season of Goodbye

Stan Duncan | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Eighteen years are far too few to have in your life someone you love with all of your being and might, but to hold on to them would be worse. Holding close, then letting go; holding close, letting go.

Telling My Grandmother's Stories

Rachel Joyce | Posted 04.19.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Joyce

I told her what a pleasure it has been to be her granddaughter, and that our relationship is not over, it's just on pause.

'My Aunt Is Nearly 99 ... She Will Not Live To Be 100'

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

My aunt is nearly 99. She will not live to be 100. Her photo will not be on the television recalling the date of her birth, with Willard Scott announcing she likes the opera and still volunteers. She will no longer volunteer. There will be no Today for her then.

First Goodbye to a Friend

Leigh Flayton | Posted 10.01.2012 | Women
Leigh Flayton

I had other friends, but Renee was my favorite. I admired her in a way that I didn't admire anyone else.

Who Are We Without Our Titles?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Natalie Thomas

Too often, we define ourselves by our jobs in this world: "I work at X," "I'm so and so's mother, ____'s wife." But when those relationships have expired, matured or evaporated, what's left?

The Final Gift

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Kyle Shamberg

Well, let me tell you, if you've never owned a pet before you'd be surprised. Disgusting becomes endearing. Sloppy face baths become "kisses." And the annoyances... ok, they're still annoying. But there's one thing you always get: completely unconditional love.

What Is The Best Way To End A Date? (Also Some Slighty Big News)

Single-ish, Glamour | Posted 12.01.2011 | Women

One of the problems with dating someone regularly is it can be difficult to tell when the date ends. It's much easier to tell when it starts: "Hello."...

P.S. I Love You: Creating a Digital Farewell File

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Hillary St. Pierre

When I found out I was terminally ill, the idea of leaving behind a legacy weighed on me, but not as heavily as the idea that I could leave behind a child with little or no memories of me.

How Do You Say Goodbye to the Teacher Who Has Changed Your Life?

Pythia Peay | Posted 01.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

The man who taught a generation about the soul's mysteries leaves this world for the next, surely to be remembered for generations to come as a great soul himself.

Seeing The Good In Goodbyes

Roger Housden | Posted 01.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

All too often, we can't find the words to say goodbye. Can we stand to gaze into the heart of our loss, the preciousness of what we are losing, and not look away?

In Her Last Hour of Life, My Grandmother Told Her Story

Brienne Walsh | Posted 10.01.2011 | Women
Brienne Walsh

My sister and I sat with my grandmother while she lay dying a few months ago. Against her pale skin, freckled and dotted with beauty marks, I laid my arm.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Letting Go of Loved Ones and Airplanes

Rebekah Sanderlin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebekah Sanderlin

The only thing I have ever done that came close to being as scary as jumping out of that airplane was saying goodbye to my husband before each deployment.

A Goodbye to a Girl's Best Friend

Lora Somoza | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lora Somoza

A lot of people tell me that Sophie won the lotto with me, or that I took great care of her. But the truth is, she took the greatest care of me.