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My Mom’s Violent Death Gave Me PTSD
By Erin Donovan
I had to remind myself, repeatedly, that my mom was dead. If I can imagine what it feels like to have dementia, this might be it. Having to be told the same bad news again and again and again.
My BFF Makes ‘Your Mom’ Jokes About My Dead Mom — and I Love Her for It
By Theodora Blanchfield
And I love her for it.
I Forgot the Anniversary of My Mom’s Death
By Ellen Friedrichs
But there's one deathiversary that I can never put behind me.
11 People You Meet in Hell
Minimizers, vultures, happy morons, competitors at the Sad Olympics and other people you’re bound to encounter on your grief journey.
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.
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.
By Stefanie Turner
It is fundamentally heartbreaking to meet the love of your life so soon after losing the person who was most fanatically committed to your happiness.
With the Swish of a Skirt, “La La Land” Triggered My Grief
By Paul Starke
With the swish of a skirt, the musical suddenly triggered my grief.
The Upside of Anger
By Ilina Dimovska
After my mom’s death, I learned to use my all-encompassing anger as a force for good.
When Love Feels Too Risky
By Marisa Renee Lee
I didn’t realize how my mom’s cancer death would affect my love life — until I met the man I wanted to marry.
Both Parents Are Gone. But I Miss Only One of Them.
By Debra Nussbaum Cohen
When I long to pick up the phone — and share my joys and my struggles — I only want to speak to Mom.
I’m Not Okay with Being a Motherless Mother
By Stephanie Noll
Turns out, I'm not ok with being a motherless mother.
Loss Squared In the City of Love
By Rachel Ricketts
After my mother's death, I departed for Paris with her ashes -- the same week of the tragic terror attacks.
I Hate That Mother’s Day Rips Me Apart with Sadness and Guilt
By Nicole Belanger
I know it's cliché, but the holiday still knocks me off my axis.
My Ectopic Pregnancy Nearly Killed Me
By Jessica Barraco
How my body betrayed me with an ectopic pregnancy.
By Michael Bahler
As my wife’s due date approached, my mother was defying death. I told myself she was holding on to meet the baby. My father and sister had other explanations.
And Visions of Baseball Danced in My Head
By Jennifer Dunsmore
My mom found healing watching the Kansas City Royals. After she died, so did I.
By Emily Page Hatch
There was something about my first days as a mother that reminded me of my final moments with my own mother. Neither my newborn nor my mother could talk back. But could they understand me?
Scarlett O’Hara, Grief Counselor
By Hilarie Ashton
The "Gone with the Wind" character taught me a powerful coping mechanism for dealing with my mother's loss.
A Cancer Battle, Then a Miscarriage
By Gabrielle Schafer
After my mother died of cancer, the hope of bringing a new life into this world kept me afloat. Then I got some very bad news.
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