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Merry — Not So Much
By Meg Tansey
Our advice columnist weighs in on holiday shopping for the bereaved, what to do when Christmas parties are grief triggers and more.
It’s Time to Reinvent Mourning Attire
By Tré Miller Rodríguez
A museum exhibit and a feature film provided a challenge to our columnist — and to the unorthodox focus group she convened: How to modernize grief garb.
By Laura Leigh Abby
Would the love of my life — reeling from the loss of her mother — ever be happy again?
’Twas the Fight Before Christmas
When it came to decorating the tree, my late husband and I didn’t exactly see eye-to eye.
Wild, Like Me
By Claire Bidwell Smith
In a sold-out movie theater, watching the film based on Cheryl Strayed's bestseller, I saw my own experience with mother loss play out on the big screen.
Missing 'Satan Claus'
By Carole Newton McManus
The holiday season may bring up all kinds of memories when you’re grieving. But what if your loved one was more Scrooge than Santa?
'I'm One of You'
By Whitney Joiner
My father died of AIDS 22 years ago. For more than two decades, I avoided World AIDS Day. This year, I'm owning my history. Here's why.
Small Screen Refuge
By Linda Perkins
To distract ourselves from Dad's fatal diagnosis, my brother and I planted ourselves in front of the TV — inhaling a steady diet of "The Jetsons" and "The Dating Game."
Thanksgiving After Jack
By Anna Whiston-Donaldson
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my 12-year-old son went out to play in the rain and never came home. That year, everything about the holiday just felt wrong.
By Jennifer Dunsmore
We never had any holiday traditions, like the ones you see on TV. But in my mom's absence — and in her honor — I'm creating some.
Getting to 'Om'
By Karen Lang
After my young son's death, yoga and meditation changed the shape of my grief.
Close to Death
By Abby Sher
I had just given birth to my third child and was training for a half-marathon when I had a heart attack. And as I lay in my hospital bed, I could hear the woman in the next room dying.
Death & Dignity
By Kerry Donahue
Suffering from terminal cancer, Brittany Maynard made plans to end her life. My friend Chris Doheny, after a transplant rejection, made a different choice. Both should be respected.
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