Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
Cleaning a Home after Loss with Avoidance and Humor
By Rebecca Soffer
After my mother died, I could barely bring myself to go through her belongings. Here's how I got through it.
Lost, Not Found
By Jamaica Glenn
After entering foster care, I got used to losing physical things. But my mother's death isn't a loss -- it's an event, an experience that defies language.
Signs Of Life
By Deana Cairo
I'm an EMT volunteer who knew the paramedics 'working my mother.' Finally reboarding an ambulance a year after her death, I discovered a new dimension to my service.
By Carole Newton McManus
My mother lay dying mere weeks after my husband's death. But this time, I had some control over how my family experienced the loss.
Grief Bacon: Mourning My Mom, and My Figure
By Ruby Dutcher
The term is a thing (just ask the Germans). Our series on the impact grief has on our bodies.
Guess Who’s (Not) Coming to Dinner?
By Rebecca Shaloff
A menu of six ways to navigate the social chit chat minefield while living with loss.
Father-Daughter Death Spiral
By Rachel Mack
My mother's and grandfather's simultaneous illnesses challenged their shared worldview that the world could be managed.
The Future, Without Me
By Magnolia Ripkin
I am a happily married mother of two young children and I have terminal lung cancer. These days, I’m consumed with curiosity — and worry — about what my husband’s and children’s lives will look like after I’m gone.
Star Wars Episode Infinity: The Force of Grief
By Esther D. Kustanowitz
The 'Machete Order' suggests watching the original episodes with flashback scenes from the prequels inserted throughout. Sounds a lot like my personal loss narrative.
What People (Don’t) Do After Hearing About a Friend’s Loss
By Meg Tansey
After a mother's death, a woman's inbox gets the cold shoulder from some valued pals. Our advice guru weighs in.
By Emily Kaiser
Just over a year after my mom died, my boyfriend of three years walked out — carrying his deodorant and phone charger. And then, I was grieving all over again.
Et Tu, Betty?
By Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer
The Modern Loss TV club, a.k.a. Rebecca and Gabi, dissects the big 'Mad Men' news, and looks ahead to the series finale.
How I’m Making Mother’s Day My Bitch
By Kate Spencer
I've spent years wallowing on this Hallmark holiday, missing my dead mom. This time, though, I'm making it my own.
Mother’s Day, Millennial Style
How Tootsie Rolls and apple cider helped bring my haphazard support system together on the first Mother's Day after my mom's death.
Why I’m Eating French Fries on Mother’s Day
By Camille Brown
My mom loved fresh vegetables, until she became too sick to eat them. Towards the end, all she — and I — could stomach was french fries.
6 Tips for Writing An Investigative Memoir
By Jessica Barraco
Curious about what goes into writing an investigative memoir? Journalist Jessica Barraco invites you into the process of researching her own mother's life.
Inside the Recipe Box
By Jennifer Meer
My late mom's handwritten, ingredient-stained recipe cards are among my most cherished possessions. Here's why.
Leaning In, My Way
By Shannon Sarna
I dove into back into work after my daughter was born. As a motherless mother, I soon realized I'd made the wrong choice.
By Kelly Haramis
At my daughters' concerts and school performances, I see all the happy grandparents, snapping photos and bearing flowers. That's when I feel my own mother's loss most acutely.
Divorce as Primer
By Miriam Gottfried
I became a divorcée at 29. Months later, my mother suddenly died. The isolation I felt after my marriage ended gave me the tools to deal with her loss.
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