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DNA and Middle C
By Rebecca Odes
My son's resemblance to my father was always striking. But after my dad died, it took on new meaning.
Desperately Seeking the Funeral Director With a Matinee Idol Name
By Alana Gautreau
Four years after my grandmother’s death, I was determined to track down — and thank — the mortuary staffer whose kindness (and name) I will never forget.
This Funeral Changed How I Feel About Weddings
By Elizabeth Felicetti
Many clergy will admit they would rather perform a funeral than a wedding. I used to be one of them.
6 Ways to Use Improv Comedy While Grieving
By Emma Rogers
You can find a joke in any situation. (And there's a lot more to it than 'Yes, and.')
Missing the Goodbye
By Affad Shaikh
For immigrant families like mine, loss can mean mourning from a great distance.
Help! My Sister Keeps Posting Photos of Our Dead Father (and Tagging Me) on Social
By Meg Tansey
Help! My sister keeps posting photos of our dead father (and tagging me) on social.
Thank You, Sherman Alexie, for Going Public with Your Pain
By Melanie Brooks
By suspending his book tour to deal with grief over losing his mother, Sherman Alexie is challenging a culture that admires stoic resilience.
11 People You Meet in Hell
By Erin Donovan
Minimizers, vultures, happy morons, competitors at the Sad Olympics and other people you’re bound to encounter on your grief journey.
5 Ways Grieving Kids Changed My Own Relationship with Loss
By Alexandra Zaslow
As a volunteer counselor for Experience Camps, I was tasked with helping kids to address their grief; yet it's the kids who ended up helping me to do the same.
Why I Love IKEA
By Emily Kolby
Shopping there is my wildly commercialized way of keeping my Swedish grandmother’s legacy alive. (Plus, family recipes for Swedish ginger snaps and coffee cake.)
Mom’s Memory Was My ‘Something Blue’
By Marisa Renee Lee
How I incorporated my late mother into my wedding celebration. Plus, great tips for memorializing a loved one at your nuptials.
The Lie We Tell Ourselves About Mental Health
By Kelly Matthews
My mom's suicide taught me that there is no clear line dividing those who are of sound mind from those who are not.
What Is ‘Sexual Bereavement’?
By Alice Radosh
We don't talk about it enough.
Mizuko Kuyo: Japan’s Powerful Pregnancy Loss Ritual
By Erica Goss
At a Buddhist temple far from home, this ceremony provided me solace.
I Forgot the Anniversary of My Mom’s Death
By Ellen Friedrichs
But there's one deathiversary that I can never put behind me.
Unpacking That Last Box — Once and For All
By Li Yin
After my boyfriend died, I clung to his things as a way to stay close to him. Eventually, I realized I didn’t need to.
Tips For Getting Through the Holidays When You’re Totally Sad
Maybe someday the season won’t feel like someone is taking a melon baller to my heart, but for now getting through it is about knowing what to avoid and what to embrace.
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