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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.

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Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper's Beautiful Conversation About Grief

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

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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.

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Losing a Parent: Understood

The death of your parent, at any age, is a huge loss. BBC Three spoke to eight people about their experience of bereavement at a young age, and how despite the horror, heartache and absence, there are things they’re still grateful for.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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