Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
Year Two: It’s Not Over
By Jessie Boatright
Everyone told me the first year after Mom’s death would be the hardest. But 12 months in, I wasn’t just mourning my mother. I was also mourning the fact that she hadn’t just died.
Mourning the Father I Never Knew
By Cara Paiuk
My dad is dead. But when a friend loses a parent, I can’t honestly say that I understand what he’s going through. Here's why.
How the World Says Goodbye
By Modern Loss
From a festive graveside picnic in Mexico to an elaborate gift-giving ceremony in India, check Modern Loss' interactive map featuring memorial rituals from around the world.
By Sarah Tuttle-Singer
My dead mother communicates with me through fortune cookies. Really, she does.
By Annie Stamell
In the moments after my mother died, I recorded an episode of “Friends” — a decision that still confounds me a decade on.
Visiting Dad on Google Street View
By Bill Frankel
Before Dad died, Google cameras captured him — healthy and happy — tending his yard. For years after his death, I visited him frequently in cyberspace.
Feet, Pain, Love
By Sarah Fox
After my boyfriend succumbed to cystic fibrosis, I found relief in a grueling 500-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago.
On New Year’s, Clawing My Way Back
By Megan Devine
The year my partner drowned, I bought a supermarket lobster — and set it free.
Grief Is Forever (and That’s OK)
By Emily Rapp Black
At a fancy spa, I found myself missing my son and learning to embrace my eternal sadness.
’Twas the Fight Before Christmas
By Tré Miller Rodríguez
When it came to decorating the tree, my late husband and I didn’t exactly see eye-to eye.
Guilt: My Constant Companion
By Sara Nachlis
After my father died of ALS, my grief has come in waves; my guilt, however, never seems to subside.
Putting the Satan Back in Christmas
By Carole Newton McManus
The holiday season may bring up all kinds of memories when you’re grieving. But what if your loved one was more Scrooge than Santa?
The Yoga Dialogues
By Jennifer Pastiloff
After a close friend's sudden death, even a yoga teacher has trouble quieting her mind.
Complicated Grief: How It’s Different
When the intense pain lingers, it may be 'complicated grief.' Here's how to recognize it, and where to find help.
Call of the Riled
By Chanel Dubofsky
Devastating news has twice come in the form of a call. Now whenever the phone rings, I fear the worst.
Deleting My Mother
By Esther D. Kustanowitz
When Gmail kept prompting me to email my dead mother, drastic action was necessary.
Grieving and Purging
A will usually dictates the fate of homes, cars and jewelry. But what should you do with your loved one's lip balm, bicycle or hoodies?
On Thanksgiving, Longing to Go Home Again
By Anna Davies
For years, I swore off Thanksgiving. Then my mom died, and I found myself longing to go home again.
Mourning Tina, the Nanny Who Raised Me
By Catie Lazarus
When strangers ask me if my necklace is a family heirloom, the answer is not so easy as yes or no.
Giving Voice to the ‘Silent Sorrow’
By Melissa Lafsky Wall
It’s as if a family member just died and you had a major medical problem all at the same time. So why aren't you supposed to tell anyone?
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