Death or Loss of a Parent

The death or loss of a parent should not be underestimated, even if they are in old age and the child is an adult. The loss of a source of loving support, even if expected, can be devastating. Alternately, if a parent is suffering, death may be a source of relief. If the parent is estranged, their death may be met with little or no feeling at all—and that can in turn inspire guilt or confusion. A young child experiencing the death or loss of a parent may go through profound emotional turmoil, with bouts of feeling overwhelmed, sad, depressed, pressured to take on new responsibilities, isolated, and angry, while someone experiencing the loss of a parent while a young adult may feel adrift or isolated from their peers. At any age, there may be legal, financial, or practical impacts that add stress and complicate the grieving process. Self-compassion and professional support can be two key features of working through this difficult time.


Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper's Beautiful Conversation About Grief

This conversation was so raw and tender - truly a wonderful display of human interaction.


Everything Around Them Is Still There, Dealing with Sudden Loss | Marieke Poelmann | TEDxUtrecht

In 2010 Marieke Poelmann, 22 at the time, suddenly lost her parents as a result of a plane crash. It took her several years to see that bad things in life do not necessarily have to define you.


Losing a Parent: Understood

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How a Loved One’s Death Can Influence You Physically –Sadhguru

When one loses a parent, how can one recover from the grief? And what can one do that would be beneficial for that being? –Sadhguru answers


Losing a Parent | Lessons from Grief and Loss | Losing a Father

Losing a parent can be one of the most difficult things you experience. I hope these lessons help you if you're experiencing loss or make your relationship with your parent deeper if they're still around.


Hope Edelman, the Aftergrief | Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Hope Edelman talked about her research process for this poignant book, what her term AfterGrief means, bereavement leave, and confiding in others.


The Grieving Process: Coping with Death

Today on WellCast, we're dealing with a very difficult subject. How do you deal with the death of a loved one? How do you live your life in the face of a life-changing event? We don't have all the answers.


We Don’t “Move On” from Grief. We Move Forward with It | Nora McInerny

In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching.


Death Positivity: Dealing with Grief Differently | NBC Left Field

There’s a growing death positivity movement, which aims to open up conversations on grief and death and argues that discussing the end of life can improve the way we live.


Family Caregivers Dealing with Alzheimers

In this video, adult children provide their thoughts on the challenges of caring for a senior parent suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.