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    Wills and Grace

    By Polly Dugan

    The long-delayed process of drafting my will was even more painful than I expected. We don’t really need this, I kept thinking. Doing a will is for other people. People who die.

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    Close to the Clouds

    By Sarah Kilch Gaffney

    My husband’s ashes in tow, I summited the mountain we’d loved to bring him ‘home’. I found my own solace there, amongst the trees and solid rock.

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    Stop Prettying Up Death

    By Melanie Brooks

    Language that denies the mess of death also denies the grieving the chance to be messy.

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    In Praise of Public Grief

    By Ilana Sichel

    A friend and I created mourning notices for two victims we did not know, and we hung them throughout Jerusalem. Here’s why — and what happened next.

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