Death or Loss of a Partner or Spouse

Losing a spouse or partner is one of the hardest things we can experience. The grief can take a deep physical and psychological toll and cause a crisis of meaning and faith, especially if the relationship was especially close or the circumstances of the loss sudden or painful. After the immediate shock, many survivors find it is a long process of experiencing small, sharp losses to normalcy that seem to appear at random as we learn to re-navigate life without our partner, whatever our age. We also find ourselves facing social expectations around our grief and judgments about if and when we want to explore new relationships. Each of us has to walk a unique journey to process our grief and fold the love for our spouse back into our lives.

8 Ways to Heal Your Soul After a Loss

Grief comes in many forms. Any loss can touch off a series of emotional responses in you. You can help yourself move through your pain to healing.

For Many Widows, the Hardest Part Is Mealtime

New attention is being paid to the role of food and cooking in grieving for a lost partner.

Grieving the Death of a Spouse or Significant Other

Death, regardless of the details, is capable of devastating those it leaves behind. Brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or father – all losses are significant.

The Next Chapter: Coping with the Loss of Your Spouse

Shock. Pain. Grief. Disbelief. All of these are emotions you might be faced with after your spouse passes away. An event such as this can leave you shaken and dazed, as life continues on, seemingly without any concern for you and your loss.

Life After Death

When she lost her husband, Sheryl Sandberg also lost her bearings. Now she wants to help others find a way through grief.

Making Meaning Out of Grief

“Loss is simply what happens to you in life. Meaning is what you make happen,” the author of a new book says.

Is There Anything I Can Do?

When Caroline Doughty's husband died, many people wanted to help, but very few knew how. Four years on, she has written a guide for the friends and families of the recently bereaved.

Surviving the Death of a Spouse

The loss of a spouse can impact us profoundly at any times in our lives. On the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, loss of a spouse is rated as the most stressful event.

Coping with the Death of a Spouse

The number one stressor on every chart is the death of a spouse. Half of all married couples will experience this loss at some point in their lives.

How to Survive the Loss of a Spouse

The death of a spouse is rated as one of the most distressing events in life -- an event that one spouse in every couple must eventually face.


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