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My Mother Is Alive And I Mourn Her Every Day

The truth is, I have no idea where she is. I don’t even know if my mother is alive. I haven’t spoken to my mother for eight years. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   08.30.18   |   SHARE
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I had retrieved at least one constant in my mother’s life: her love of puzzles and word games.

Finding My Unsolvable Mother In Her Left-Behind Crossword Puzzles​

Looking at her left-behind crossword puzzles, I had retrieved at least one constant in my mother’s life: her love of puzzles and word games. Read...
Marnie Goodfriend    |   08.28.18   |   SHARE
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Getting Through My First Year Without A Dad

Last April, my dad died two days before his 58 birthday after struggling with Huntington's Disease for over a decade. This is my first year without a Read...
Emily Rekstis    |   06.13.18   |   SHARE
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Navigating The Delusions Of A Loved One

After my mother’s suicide in 2009, I was left with a gnawing sense of guilt. My mother had suffered from an undiagnosed delusional disorder. Read...
Gayle Brandeis    |   05.22.18   |   SHARE
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The Quiet Violence At The Heart Of Motherhood 

From the beginning, mothering and being mothered are both brutal. One day you’ll hurt your mom, I thought. And she’ll hurt you, somehow, without Read...
Kate Washington    |   05.14.18   |   SHARE
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There’s a horrible kind of pain that comes when you realize someone you considered to be your strongest ally has turned against you.

When Your Best Friend Doesn't Believe You've Been Abused ​

There’s a horrible kind of pain that comes when you realize someone you considered to be your strongest ally has turned against you. Read...
Liz Lazzara    |   05.1.18   |   SHARE
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The First Girl: On The Loss Of Friendship 

There is no support or safety net to break one’s fall when friendships fade or split apart. There's not an acceptable period of isolation. Read...
Marnie Goodfriend    |   04.24.18   |   SHARE
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Is it okay to mourn the child that never was?

I Was Pregnant With Twins But Delivered One Baby​

Is it okay to mourn the child that never was? That seeped into my blood without my even noticing? I only delivered one baby but I was pregnant with Read...
Talia Liben Yarmush    |   04.18.18   |   SHARE
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