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Tragedy

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Your Life

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Authentic happiness demands we also grapple with the unhappy parts of our character. Perfection, as Jewish wisdom teaches us, is reserved for God.

Why the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Tragedy Will Not Keep Me From Traveling

Katka Lapelosová | Posted 07.18.2014 | Travel
Katka Lapelosová

It's never easy to cope with the death of 295 innocents, let alone the thousands upon millions that have already been lost to politically-charged conflict. What we can do as travelers, is what we do best -- travel.

How Do You Know When Something Is Worth Fighting For?

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

To sum up, whether you live in the United States, Rwanda, Nigeria, or anywhere else, our journey as humans is universal: A large part of our success and happiness rest on the battles we choose to fight. The bravest and smartest among us decide what's worth fighting for.

Iraq Replaces Vietnam As Metaphor For Tragedy

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In another generation, when a future U.S. president sends troops to occupy some intransigent country on a dubious objective, American pundits will most likely ask this familiar question made new: "Will it be another Iraq?"

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

There Are No Answers, Only Responses: The Jewish Approach to Dealing With Tragedy

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Sara Esther Crispe

If we are breathing, it is an opportunity to help another, to do an act of kindness, to make a difference.

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | 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.