Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
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.
6 Tips for Talking to Kids About Death
By Michelle DuBarry
We can’t gloss over the topic without denying a fundamental part of our lives and our family. Here’s how we navigate the conversation.
My Instagram Therapy
By Domenique Osborne
With @textsforjohn, I can still walk through the world looking for things to share with my brother — even though he’s no longer here.
How To Write an Obituary: A Primer
By Jule Banville
The tips you need for crafting a compelling true-life story (plus: examples of obits that got it right).
When My Husband Died, Facebook Became My Boyfriend
By Lauren Jones
Some people see social media as a trigger during times of great suffering. But after my husband died, it helped me stay afloat amid my grief.
The Myth of Protecting People from Suffering
By Jennifer Pastiloff
When we try to shield people from pain in an effort to not break their hearts, we end up doing just the opposite.
Saving the Date for a Wedding That Will Never Take Place
By Gabrielle Brazeau
I was supposed to be married on November 9, but tragedy stopped this self-proclaimed ‘Bridezilla’ in her tracks.
Are You My Papi?
By Mathew Rodriguez
As a young man, I lost my father to AIDS-related illness. Now I search for echoes of him in the men I choose to love.
Mizuko Kuyo: Japan’s Powerful Pregnancy Loss Ritual
By Erica Goss
At a Buddhist temple far from home, this ceremony provided me solace.
Why I Told Anne Lamott My Husband Died
By Julia Cho
I promised myself I wouldn’t, but then I opened up to a writer I’ve long admired about the most surreal, unbelievable thing that has ever happened to me.
A Year of Grief, 15 Seconds at a Time
By Ryan Langer
After my dad's murder, Instagram served as both my grief counselor and a surprising professional outlet.
We Left Everything Unsaid
By Elaine Roth
When my husband got sick, we focused exclusively on hope; when he died, I was consumed with regret.
Tips For Getting Through the Holidays When You’re Totally Sad
By Erin Donovan
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.
‘Daddy, Daddy, Where Are You?’
By Lisa Paterson
After 9/11 my son asked for his father dozens of times a day, everyday — for nine years.
No Unfinished Business?
By Angie Dalfen
I’ll never know what my father would have thought about my life choices — the ones I would have asked his opinion about and the ones I wouldn’t have.
Random Acts of Dadness
By Rob Kutner
From rejecting perfectly good restaurant food to donating to worthy causes, I'm spending the first Father's Day after my dad's death trying to emulate his character.
Gold Star Widow
By Artis Henderson
At my first Memorial Day conference for military families, I found kindred spirits among the brokenhearted.
7 Tips for Speaking with a Bereaved Mother
By Monica Wesolowska
How do you support someone going through the unimaginable? To begin with, don't say you can't imagine what they're going through.
4 Ways to Take Charge of Funeral Planning
By Josh Slocum
No need to be passive about it; you've got more options than you might think.
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.
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