Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
By Andrea Syrtash
I never ‘met’ the babies I lost, but I love them.
Meet Patricia, Aunt Esther’s Amazon Alter Ego
By Joey Chernila
It was only after my aunt's death that I really got to know her -- through hundreds of Amazon.com product reviews.
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.
By Stephen Miller
After escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11, I left Wall Street to become a professional obituary writer. I never looked back.
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.
It’s Hard To Rattle the Dead, But I’m Trying
By Alana Joblin Ain
Aunt Sherrie died by suicide, leaving me her best leather boots and a Barbie collection for the ages. If only she could see those things now.
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.
10 Ways to Overcome Grief-Related Anxiety
By Claire Bidwell Smith
The author of a new book offers her step-by-step guide to managing the monster sibling of grief.
It’s Halloween: Trigger Treat
By Marita Anderson
Halloween imagery takes on new meaning in the wake of my father’s suicide.
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).
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.
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.
Yes, You Should Binge-Watch Netflix Alone on Mother’s Day
By Nora McInerny
Cut yourself a break on Mother's Day — with or without a dead partner.
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.
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.
Gold Star Widow
By Artis Henderson
At my first Memorial Day conference for military families, I found kindred spirits among the brokenhearted.
My Cat’s Death Broke My Brain
By Sarah Chauncey
It wasn’t just my heart that went to pieces when she left my side.
Dad’s Voice in the ‘Tower of Song’
By Erin Lyndal Martin
The last time I spoke to my father, the subject was, of all things, Leonard Cohen — the musician my dad believed brought 'punctuation to experience.'
My Sudden-Onset Only Child Syndrome
By Sarah Kravits
I always defined myself as an older sister to a younger brother. But after his sudden death in our 40s, I'm struggling to identify as an only child.
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