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Don't Dread the Holidays! It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.12.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

"Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the stranger and the unwanted child, care for the ill, and love your enemies" is the...

The Pain of Absence and Presence

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

With 23 years between my two children, I entered a different world in 1995 when my second child was born. As an old-schooled mom, I wasn't familiar ...

The Art of Widowhood

Sola Agustsson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

"Widow's weeds" originally intended to simplify the female form and shroud a woman's grief, but the Metropolitan's new exhibit "Death Becomes Her" proves that these ensembles did just the opposite.

La Belle Indifference

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Nancy Doyle Palmer

In my husband's final days, the young man I married came back --he became thin again, his face unlined, an innocence of intent and heart restored as he became increasingly both less and more himself.

My Husband Died, Now What?

Debra L. Morrison | Posted 10.23.2014 | Books
Debra L. Morrison

I invite each of you to notice and gain an awareness of who you are and where you are right now, as a way of quelling some of the obsessing either about where you were or where you "should" be.

United By Grief, This Couple Felt Whole Again After Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.17.2014 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

This Remarried Couple With 8 Kids Has Some Thought-Provoking Marriage Advice

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.10.2014 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

What Losing Our First Spouses To Cancer Has Taught Us About Love

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.03.2014 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

The Reward Is In The Risk: Dating A Risk Taker When You're Widowed

Abigail Carter | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Abigail Carter

From Arron, his death and now from Jim, I have learned so much about living life. Doing things that scare you, saying "yes" as much as possible, being exhausted in a good way. From Jim, I have learned that some risks are fun and have adventuresome outcomes and some are not worth taking. The trick is knowing the difference.

Defending the Defenseless Is Wisdom to Thrive

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

We will not come into our own authentic power as grace-filled human beings until we first are able to give ourselves to others. Perhaps, we would not have to live through such great tragedies if we opened our hearts with love the way God intended.

The Widow's Guilt

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Kristin Meekhof

After my husband's death, I came home to complete silence. He died in the midst of a Michigan winter. This meant it was dark by 6 p.m. and cold. Curled up with a blanket on the couch, I had the fantasy that I would quit my job, move to Hawaii and walk on the beach.

The Parent Left Behind

Emily Cappo | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Emily Cappo

I think I was around 42 years old when I first started to worry about my parents getting older. My mom had just turned 70 and my dad, 75.

The Appalling Thought That Just Occurred To Me

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 04.20.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

A really appalling thought recently occurred to me. I would even go so far as to call it an epiphany.

Do We Frown Upon Widows Seeking Love? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty

After all I’d seen, all I’d done and failed to do, I couldn’t imagine having the will again to take on responsibility for another person. The idea that I might stand before my friends in a white dress and pledge to love someone else in sickness and in health? Unthinkable.

The Danger Of Comparing Your Widowhood

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.23.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Please do not look at others in the widowed community and compare your progress (or what you may perceive to be a lack thereof). Your healing journey is not a competition, and it is certainly not a race to some imaginary finish line.

8 Tips for Enjoying Your Holiday Season

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Many people in the midst of loss or facing a life challenge at this time of year have questions about coping with the holidays. How do you handle the holidays, especially if you don't feel like handling them at all? Read on for answers and a few great holiday suggestions.

7 People Who Will Love Windows 8 (And 5 Who Will Hate It)

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 11.12.2012 | Technology

Microsoft's Windows 8 wants to be everything to everyone -- an operating system that's terrific for both personal use and businesses, for tablet-owner...

Second Chances

Felice Shapiro | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

We weren't totally done with our mourning, we never would be, but that day we were all ready to celebrate. Bill had captured us all with his smile, his sincerity and his love, and now we were celebrating a new beginning with a man who was welcomed in with a communal hug.

The Outrageous Letter I Received 30 Days After My Husband Died

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The letter stated that I was "obviously responsible" for "taking care of your husband's obligations" and that if they did not receive payment in full within 30 days, they would take further action. Did I mention that almost all of the officers of said financial institution were guests at our wedding? And his funeral?

'He's In A Better Place' -- And 14 Other Things You Should NEVER Say To The Bereaved

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.13.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

When someone says: 'He's in a better place.' What the widowed are thinking is: 'Better than here with me?'

The Transition Network: Supporting Women '50 And Forward' As They Savor The Second Half Of Life

Posted 07.24.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM By Deborah Harkins Charlotte Frank and Christine Millen belong to the first generation of women who achieved widespread success...

The W Connection: Support for Widows by Widows

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Perry Garfinkel

With the economy still not recovered, federally funded social service agencies and hospital and hospice-based bereavement groups for widows are becoming an endangered species.

The Last Tango in Syria

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Rym Tina Ghazal

Too much has been said about death and Syria, and so I wanted to focus on life and Syria, and those who have seen it all and understand it best, like my grandmother.

6 Survival Strategies For All Single Parents

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
M. Lin

You matter. Your children may be the center of your universe, but it doesn't mean that you have to disappear to give them everything they need.

Totally Committed/Completely Unattached: Reinventing A Future

Robert Levithan | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Robert Levithan

Reinventing a future after widowhood, illness, forced retirement or divorce is both challenging and potentially invigorating. It helps to have techniques and principles to guide.