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Luke Perry's Daughter: Stop 'Shaming Me' for How I'm Grieving

Sophie, 18: 'I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life'

(Newser) - It's been just over a week since Luke Perry died after a massive stroke, and even though his 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, put out a heartfelt message asking fans to bear with her as she navigated her dad's tragic death, some have been less than understanding, per People . In... More »

A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's Grief in the Puget Sound

Orca won't let go of her calf, who died shortly after being born Tuesday off the Washington coast

(Newser) - What's being described as a "gut-wrenching" scene is playing out in Puget Sound, and it's been going on for at least three days. The Seattle Times reports on J35, an orca who gave birth on Tuesday only to witness her calf die 30 minutes later—and she'... More »

Lawyer: Casey Anthony Didn't Get Her Daughter Had Died Until Trial

Cheney Mason says Anthony experienced a grieving 'blackout'

(Newser) - "I'm still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened," Casey Anthony told the AP earlier this year of the death of her daughter, Caylee, in 2008. Her former defense attorney has a theory as to why that might be. In an interview with... More »

Woman Finds Boy Who Left $5, Sad Note

She wants to give grieving boy his money back

(Newser) - A Washington state woman has tracked down the boy who left $5 and a heartbreaking note at her door after taking one of her butterfly wind chimes—and she wants to give him his money back. "I am sorry that we stole your windchimes our mom died and liked... More »

A Therapy That Helps Get Never-Ending Grievers 'Unstuck'

Some people can't stop feeling sorrow; this psychiatrist has therapy just for 'complicated grief'

(Newser) - The grieving process is never a simple one, but for some, it becomes never-ending and debilitating—what psychiatrists call "complicated grief." Andrea Volpe delves for Digg into this more emotionally intense form of bereavement: a deep, unceasing sorrow affecting no more than 3% of the population, overtaking women... More »

Grieving Pilot Survives Suicide Try Without a Scratch

He says his dead son's voice guided him to his cellphone

(Newser) - Two years after Mark Darling of Eaton, Colo., lost his young adult son in a car accident, the grieving pilot, who's flown his whole life but hasn't had a license in years, took his Cessna 172F high-wing airplane for one last ride over Rocky Mountain National Park, reports... More »

Hoffman Family: We're 'Devastated'

Family and colleagues react to the actor's sudden death

(Newser) - A wave of grief is pouring into traditional and social media today over the shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the New York Times reports. First, from his family: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have... More »

Dad Dies Waiting for Ambulance, Son Gets Billed

Washington, DC, man feels 'angry, upset'

(Newser) - Durand Ford, Jr's father died before an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Then the Ford family received an ambulance bill: $780.85. "I feel angry. Upset," Ford tells NBC Washington . "I'm disturbed that we even received the bill." The Washington, DC,... More »

Golden Retrievers Sent to Ease Pain in Newtown

Lutheran charity sends 10 comfort dogs to Connecticut

(Newser) - With the first funerals underway in Newtown, Conn., a special source of comfort has come to visit: golden retrievers. A team of about 10 comfort dogs traveled 800 miles from the Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois to help console anyone who is grieving, the AP reports. Handlers are encouraging people... More »

The APA Must Not 'Pathologize Grief'

There are some things you never adjust to: Jerry Adler

(Newser) - Jerry Adler lost his son, Max, in 2008 and he still feels “intense sorrow and emotional pain,” not to mention “intense anger,” over the loss at least once per day—which means the American Psychiatric Association could soon label him as suffering from an “adjustment... More »

Grieving? You May Soon Qualify as 'Depressed'

Controversial change to criteria is under review

(Newser) - Doctors are considering what would be a controversial change to the definition of depression, reports the New York Times . For the first time, the official criteria to determine who gets diagnosed would include grief. Doctors who oppose the move say grief after the death of a loved is a perfectly... More »

Travolta 'Struggling' With Son's Death: Denzel

(Newser) - Denzel Washington said today he recently spent hours on the phone listening to John Travolta grieve over the death of his son, People reports. "Needless to say, he's struggling," said Washington at a press conference for their film, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. "So more than... More »

Sex and the Pity: A Widow Ponders Limbo

Friends, relatives mean well, but platitudes are patronizing

(Newser) - After her first weeks of widowhood, one woman noticed the kind yet patronizing treatment she was getting from loved ones—especially when it came to her sex life. Among the platitudes she came to despise: "You look like you could use a hug," and "You're not ready... More »

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