Tag: Grief


Wealth, Holiday Habits and ISIS: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Dec. 7-11), we explored the emotional process of anticipating a major loss, the concern some feel about how to greet others at holiday time, the fear response achieved by terrorists, the competing priorities in our end-of-year schedules, the philanthropic announcement from a tech billionaire… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Grieving Loss Before a Death – Matt Gewirtz I foolishly thought burying my almost 91-year old father would have been easier than what my siblings......

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Grieving Loss Before a Death

I foolishly thought burying my almost 91-year old father would have been easier than what my siblings and I went through in saying goodbye to my mother who died prematurely at the age of 68, five years ago. After all, my mother was supposed to live long enough to see my still small children grow, become Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduate and perhaps, get married. No, she died at an age which nowadays is considered young. Her loss was devastating. It took a lot of time and work to integrate her death into my......

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Planning, Improvising and Grieving: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 16-20), we?took a closer look at the Starbucks cup controversy, the American public’s selective grief after shocking violence in Paris, the choice to make New Year’s resolutions early, how dance can teach us about relationships and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Starbucks Cup: It’s About Conversation – Michael Bernstein To paraphrase a famous statement, nonsense is nonsense, but the reaction to nonsense is worth looking at. What was at the bottom of the......

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It's Okay to Grieve for Paris

The day before the people of Paris suffered their deadliest assault since World War II, ISIS detonated two bombs in southern Beirut, killing 43 people and wounding hundreds. Some have taken to social media and combined the blue, white and red of the French flag with the cedar tree of Lebanon, or otherwise marked these tragedies together. Still, it’s an uncomfortable question why this attack did not spawn the universal calls for solidarity and recognition as the outpouring seen for those in France. There is something at stake in allowing ourselves to......

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Yearning, Imagining and Aging: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct 5 – 9), we explored the hypothetical scenario of choosing one special person to spend a day with, the hopeful Craigslist post filled with gratitude and yearning, the momentum we can tap into when we realize our days on Earth are limited, the new law causing controversy in California and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Who Would You Wish to Spend One Last Day With? – Brad Hirschfield If there were any person in......

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Who Would You Wish to Spend One Last Day With?

If there were any person in your life, living or dead, with whom you could spend one last day, who would it be? And how would you spend that day? No, I’m not stealing this question from college applications. I’m feeling the pain of the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon and the killings of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in Israel. The deep desire to hold close those I love is definitely part of my response. The preciousness of those we love shouldn’t be a function of their absence, or......

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Wilderness, Joy and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include Helena Bonham Carter’s capacity for having fun, the lessons learned from failure, a childhood spent in the Mojave desert, our ever-changing sense of “self,” new understandings of what makes a place holy… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Here Comes the Sun “Once you’re through the suffering bit, you can see life with a sense of proportion......

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Film Fans, Sudden Loss and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Today’s list of intriguing essays, Q&A pieces and blog posts cover Ava DuVernay’s smart approach to sharing her work, the storytelling trend dubbed “quit lit,” the extreme scrutiny of others’ bodies, the grief of a sudden loss, the integrity it takes to apologize… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Audience Participation “The consumer is deciding what they want to see and when and......

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Bindi Irwin, Heavenly Hikes and More: Must-Read Links

As we start another new week here at?The Wisdom Daily, we hope you’ll spend time with some wise essays and smart Q&A’s that we’ve spotted online recently – featuring insights about well-meaning condolences, the power of nature to emulate or replace religious traditions, the imagination required to truly understand the past, the empowering people you want to surround yourself with… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Since You’ve Been Gone “You never actually move on from it. As a little......

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In Charleston, Nine 'Worlds' Ended

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: When is the time to ask the questions I have about Charleston? Such as: “Why is it when a Black person commits murder we talk about them as thugs when a Muslim commits murder we call it terrorism when a White guy does something like this, we immediately start talking about mental illness?” Today, if we are truly one human family, we can certainly agree on one indisputable fact – each of the good people slain this week in church was a......

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