Friday Favorites: December 27, 2013

General / General : Litsa Williams

Now that you have survived Christmas and are probably in a haze from the overwhelm of emotions and overeating, it would be totally reasonable to waste some time on the internet, decompressing, this weekend.  If you are, here are some (loosely) grief related articles and other stuff we loved this week to help you waste some time.

the lives they loved 2013The Lives They Loved

As part of the New York Times magazine’s annual The Lives They Lived issue, the NYT invited readers to contribute a photograph and a story of someone close to them who died this year. I love love love this project – it brings smiles and tears and is a beautiful tribute to so many incredible people.  Warning: once I get started reading these I just can’t stop.  Each story is short, but it is just so hard not to keep clicking on the next picture to read the next story.  They update it regularly, so the stories just keep coming.

Woman surprises her husband and his new fiancée with gifts 2 years AFTER her death

This article has been making the rounds, but if you missed it you should absolutely check it out.  The decision to date after the loss of a spouse can be a difficult and emotional one.  This Iowa widow was lucky enough to get confirmation of his wife’s support of  his new relationship, with the help of her friend and a local radio station.

Colorado Springs high schoolers start suicide awareness program

I have faith that slowly but surely the stigma around talking about suicide is changing.  With a teenage generation raised with awareness about bullying, projects like “It Get’s Better” and “To Write Love on Her Arms”, kids are exposed to more and more suicide awareness.  Where many school systems are struggling to face this topic, still consumed with myths that talking to kids about suicide will encourage suicide, I love to see stories like this one, where high school kids are taking on suicide prevention and school systems are embracing it.

 Rose Parade: Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Float

Am amazing tribute to the thousands of people who have so generously given life through organ and tissue donation.

A Grieving Newtown Mother’s Motto: ‘Love Wins’

The story of a Newtown mother and her efforts to prevent violence and promote healing.  Proving, as we have said time and time again, that grief can birth amazing, beautiful, and inspiring projects that make the world a better place to be.  Check out the story here on NPR and the Ana Grace Project here.

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