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How someone in grief can survive the holidays

As the holidays loom, instead of the common anticipation and excitement, individuals who are grieving often feel a sense of dread. Common sentiments are, “How will I be able to cope with the memories and the heartbreak?” or “There is so much pressure to be cheerful and festive, but I’m not in the mood. I feel like I need to fake it.”

15 December 2015

What to Do After Being Diagnosed As HIV-Positive

If you've just found out you're HIV-positive, you may feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone. Know that you are far from alone. Countless people and resources are available to help you and the more than 1 million HIV-positive people today.

10 April 2015

Grief this Easter: Remembering loved ones

Easter has really crept up on me this year. Here in Baltimore we had snow on the ground earlier this week. That just isn’t Easter weather. Anything creeping up when you are grieving can be a disaster. Holidays, even when they don’t creep up, can be a disaster. When every day feels impossible, holidays feel even more impossible, and facing this Easter may seem unbearable.

02 April 2015

Common reactions after someone attempts suicide

Discovering that someone you care about has tried to end their life can be a devastating experience. You may initially experience emotions such as shock and denial. Sometimes those close to the suicidal person blame themselves for what has happened, thinking, for example, "if only I'd watched them more closely". The fact that someone close to you or a
loved one has attempted suicide is not your fault.

What to say to someone who has attempted suicide

30 March 2015

Managing the Workplace After the Death of an Employee

As a manager, one of the most difficult situations you may face in your career is managing the aftermath of the death of an employee. Because people experience and respond to trauma differently, your job can be that much more challenging. The sudden and permanent absence of a fellow employee who has shared the ups-and-down of work-life is often deeply stressful and destabilizing. Those who worked closely with the person will feel they've lost a member of their extended family.

13 March 2015

What happens to all my social networking information when I die

According to Forrester Research, 55.6 million adults in the United States have a social networking account with a site like Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. More people join social networking sites every day. For some users, online networks serve as the primary means of staying in touch with friends and family. Social networking sites let us post our thoughts, pictures, videos, music and other content. But what happens to all of that when we die?

19 February 2015

Facebook Is Now Letting You Decide Who Will Run Your Page After You Die

Because life is short, but Facebook is forever.

When a Facebook user dies, their page often becomes a memorial, frozen in time. Now members can designate someone to manage their account posthumously, Facebook said today.

The designated person is called a “legacy contact” and will be able to do things like write a memorial post on the person’s page, respond to friend requests, and update the person’s profile picture.

13 February 2015

Grief At Work: How To Handle The Unexpected Death Of A Colleague

Though it is upsetting to even think about, there may come a time in your career when a person you work with suddenly dies. Whether it's a client or a colleague, and whether you worked side-by-side or in different cities, the tragedy of an unanticipated death will naturally cause intense emotions and lead to a multitude of previously unthinkable questions. This is, after all, not a topic that normally comes up at the water cooler.

21 January 2015

How to Find Out If a Person Is Still Alive

Legal and personal reasons can prompt you to want to find out whether a particular individual is still alive. Whether you are looking for a family member or a long-lost friend, multiple resources are available to assist you. Public records and obituaries are the first places to start looking. Many online public records databases are available for free, making your search to find if someone is still alive that much easier and faster.


16 January 2015

An apple a day keeps cancer away

New research from Poland shows that eating apples regularly may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

A study compared patients suffering from the disease with those who were free of the disease and found a reduced risk was observed in those who ate one apple a day, while those who ate more than one apple a day reduced their risk by half.

The high level of antioxidants in apples is thought to help reduce cancer risk, with the skin of an apple containing five times the level of antioxidants as the flesh, so while you should wash apples, you shouldn't peel them.

16 January 2015


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