LaShelle Haider

28 Flips | 2 Magazines | @LaShelleHaider | Grieving mother of a daughter taken way too soon.

What I Wish More People Understood About Losing A Child

Four and half years after the death of my oldest son, I finally went to a grief support group for parents who have lost children. I went to support a …

Empathy

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The Bad Days Don’t Define You

There will be days when it’s hard.<p>There will be days when it seems impossible.<p>There will be days when it is.<p>There will be days when you’re stressed, …

6 Ways to Survive the Holidays Without Your Child

For a bereaved parent, this time of year might not be the season of Yuletide-cheer it once was. Your eggnog might taste like crap even if it is homemade. The lights and Lords-a-leapin' may have lost their luster. The whole season might feel like a cruel, sick joke. Worse yet, you might feel like …

Complicated Grief: How It's Different

<i>Losing someone close to us is as painful as it gets. But if the sharp pain fails to lift, it might be what’s called “complicated grief.” Modern Loss</i> …

Mental Health

Grief Lesson: Everyone Is Fighting a Hard Battle, I'm Not the Only One

We've all heard the quote, 'Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.' For most of us who are grieving the loss of someone we love, we imagine that we are the brave ones on the battlefield, fighting our hard battle in solitude.<p>My husband and son died within two years of each other. …

Has Grief Made You Lose Your Mind?

Because we don't talk about the reality of grief in our culture, lots of grieving people think they're crazy.<p>When my partner first died, I lost my mind - and not in the ways you might think.<p>I used to be a person who could read books. I used to have a really great memory. I used to be a person who …

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

When a loved one dies, we often spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves: how we’ll never be able to see them, spend time with them or touch them …

Still a mother: Parenting after a child has died

It happens most often when I’m driving. My 9-year-old son will be in the backseat talking or playing a game on my phone. And sometimes in my mind’s …

5 Things Grief Taught Me

Six years inside complicated grief taught me many things. Five of them I can put into words and onto paper. I have a feeling I will be learning from her the rest of my life.<p><b>Grief taught me that sometimes I don't have to let it go. I just have to let it out.</b><p>Through writing, through words, through …

Drowning in Complicated Grief: How to Be Your Own Lifeguard

When you are stuck in complicated grief, you feel like you are in the middle of the ocean, drowning. You are desperate to keep your head above water, but it is hard, your arms and legs feel like concrete.<p>You are so tired of struggling.<p>You wonder if it would just be easier to relinquish to the waves …

This is How Your Body Really Processes Grief

<b>1. Your Heart</b><p>- Heart attacks are more likely, thanks to the trifecta of increased blood pressure, heart rate and clotting. One small study in</i> …

A Broken Heart Is More Likely To Suffer A Heart Attack

The day after the death of a loved one, your risk of heart attack skyrockets to an incredible 21 times higher than normal. And while those chances …

The Worst Things to Say to Someone Who's Mourning

<b>by Marilyn Mendoza, Ph.D.</b><p>More than 6,000 people die every day in the United States. So it is only a matter of time before each of us will be called …

How Do You Know If It's Grief or Depression?

Grief and depression share similar symptoms, but they're distinct experiences. Since the symptoms can be so much alike, how can you tell the …

Mental Health

How to cope with gut-wrenching loss

There are many causes of grief, not just death.<p>Grief will inevitably pop up somewhere in life, prompted by an awful event - the death of a relative, …

Emotions

Stranger picks up bill for mother of boy with autism and includes beautiful note

Lauren Nordberg is used to getting stared down while out and about with her son, Elliot, a 6-year-old boy with autism.<p>On Jan. 18, Nordberg rewarded Elliot for good behavior at the dentist by treating him to pancakes at their favorite local restaurant, Madison Diner, in Bainbridge Island, Washington.<p>…

Sesame Street’s New Brand of Autism Education

The show’s newest initiative aims to change how people think about and discuss the condition.<p>“How come Garrett does not want to talk to me?” Grover, the blue-haired Muppet, asks Garrett’s big sister, Angelina. The 4-year-old Garrett and his twin AJ have autism and are more interested in their …

How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud

Malcolm Gladwell calls it the “law of the few”: a small number of people can make a huge impact on the world. The law of the few certainly springs to mind when we look at the effect on society of those individuals who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They number about …

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Since his birth 33 years ago, Jonathan Keleher has been living without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain's neurons.<p>This exceedingly rare condition has left Jonathan with a distinctive way of speaking and a walk that is slightly awkward. He also lacks the balance …

The Brain

This Virtual Reality Project Promises To Bring Dead Loved Ones Back To Life

Project Elysium offers a new way to grieve in the 21st century.<p>Imagine that you could see your late grandmother again. Or your mother who passed away from cancer. Or your brother who died in a car accident. The longing to reconnect with the people we’ve lost is as basic as breathing, so it’s no …

Virtual Reality

Employers Are Seeking Out Autistic Workers

An increasing number of companies are launching initiatives to find job candidates with autism. How a cluster of society struggling to find jobs …

Autism