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Tragedy

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I'm out of the darkest part of the woods, sure. But society is making it particularly difficult to forget what happened to me. It's moving on beyond me and trying hard to lose me in its wake. I, like other young adult survivors, feel lost, alone, and confused.

What We Can Take Away From the Heartbreak at Fort Hood

Kait Sawyer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Kait Sawyer

So often when we suffer, we feel alone or as if ours is the most insurmountable pain there is, but our fellow man also suffers; we are not separate, but rather bound by paralleled sameness

The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Steve Belanger | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Steve Belanger

As I ran into the building, the looks on all the teachers' faces struck a deeper fear into me. They seemed shaken, which amplified my panic.

What Makes Us Laugh?

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Kare Anderson

Want people to laugh with you? Dark humor, done right, may be key according to The Humor Code co-authors, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner who travelle...

Madness, Divinest Sense and This Year's Oscars

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 02.28.2014 | Media
Rev. Galen Guengerich

It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Relapse: Not a Choice But a Consequence

John Tsilimparis | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

For the people out there who do not understand addiction from a clinical standpoint and for those who have never been addicted to anything and who do not suffer either mildly or severely from a mental disorder, please take a step back and reflect. Relapse cannot be broken down so simply as a choice.

Talking to Your Kids About Tragic Events

Sheri Meyers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sheri Meyers

On the surface, your child may seem OK because they are not talking about how your new family situation or that terrible event is affecting them. That doesn't mean they're OK.

To Lisa: The Real Mattel Superhero

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

I understand that the grief never fully goes away, but it has given me more empathy and compassion in the disaster business: Imagine this on a much greater scale where people have lost their entire communities and live with this daily.

Picking Up the Pieces of Tragedy

Sandra Walker | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Sandra Walker

Everyone has a picture of their life as they see it. Certain parts of your life are a bigger part of the picture. For me, the biggest parts were my roles as wife, mother, and teacher. I have a definite "before" and "after" in my life.

Ted's Story: From Tragedy to New Beginnings

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Jens Erik Gould

As a young man, Ted Wiard had an ideal life. He married his high school sweetheart, worked as a schoolteacher and tennis coach in his picturesque hometown of Taos, New Mexico, and became the father of two beautiful daughters. Suddenly, everything changed.

The Alchemy of Tragedy

Arielle Ford | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Arielle Ford

James Costello was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. He was seriously injured and he now claims that while this wa...

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

Train in India Hits Elephants

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Francis Levy

"Train in India Hits Elephants Crossing Track" (NYT, 11/15/13) may be the saddest story reported this year. There have been many terrible stories. Cer...

#TriggerHappiness

Lisa Lori | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Lori

On a medical mission for Operation Smile in Panama. Photo by Marc Ascher The first time I felt the velocity of an emotional trigger it came so fas...

How We Die Is Not Our Whole Story

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

My parents and I heard phrases like, "What a waste." At grief groups, I was embarrassed to say how he died. As if him dying from drugs and alcohol meant I had less of a right to be there than if his life had been claimed by a car accident or a heart defect.

Now I Am Proud, Now I Am Grateful

Sandra Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sandra Walker

Grief is like a circle in the middle of your life and in the beginning you are stuck to it and in it and you know of no other way to be. 

Social Media During Tragedy

Jason Boucher | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Jason Boucher

Social media can be our best friend during a tragedy by helping search and collect information fast. But social media can also make our institution lo...

The Ten Commandments of Talking to Friends in Mourning

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

These are not the only rules, and you might discover good rules to supplement this list. You might also find that pieces of this list do not work for you. I hope you'll share your thoughts for additions or subtractions in the comments.

Tragedy

Sandra Walker | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women
Sandra Walker

Although my tragedy was different, there is a universal experience, a universal pain that occurs. I will never forget what it felt like to wake up on the morning of November 21, 2011 and find myself in a hospital, unable to get up, without a clue of why I was there.

Fruitvale, Blue Jasmine and Tragedy

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Peter Clothier

What is it about Woody Allen and me? I went with friends to see Blue Jasmine, his new movie, this past weekend, and everyone loved it except me.

Fruitvale Station: Movie Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Peter Clothier

Fruitvale Station is harrowing to watch, but its intensity is deeply rewarding for anyone who wants to learn more -- not only about the social injustices that continue to plague this country, but also about something that tragedy has always taught us best: the essential nobility of the human soul.

The Tragic and the Metaphysical

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

It is my view that the lamentable, endlessly recurring cycle of atrocity and counter-atrocity that has been so characteristic of human history derives significantly from the turning to metaphysical illusion in the effort to evade the traumatizing impact of human finitude.

"Fruitvale Station" Is Presented In a Fair and Balanced Manner

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.26.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

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How Do You Forgive the Kid Who Murdered Your Son?

Suzan McDowell | Posted 09.02.2013 | Miami
Suzan McDowell

I cannot even imagine how to process the phone call informing you your child is dead. How does the brain take that kind of attack? According to Maria and George Gough, the only way they could live with themselves was to forgive their son's killer in the middle of the trial.

Line of Fire

Randall Amster | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Randall Amster

Living in Arizona for nearly two decades, and for more than half of that time in the central highlands region around Prescott, has presented innumerab...