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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.
Life’s Too Short to Wear Beige
By Heidi Blum
I was a closeted gay woman surrounded by white-hued walls and yearning for my own colorful world. My sister's death changed everything.
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.
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
I’d dreamed of having a baby since my mother died. Then my body betrayed me.
The Best Things in My Life Came From My Brother’s Death
By Natasha Noman
The best things in my life really did come out of my brother's death.
As My Wife’s Due Date Approached, My Mother Was Defying Death
By Michael Bahler
I told myself she was holding on to meet the baby. My father and sister had other explanations.
Video Game Review: ‘That Dragon, Cancer’
By Eric Meyer
A new experience on gaming and grief, created by a couple inspired by the loss of their young son.
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?
Closure Is a Unicorn
By Dan Halioua
My father and I struggled to understand each other. His death was what made me realize I can both love him and being angry with him.
Speak for Your Self
By Janet Reich Elsbach
My sister had a right to be stubborn in facing terminal cancer — even if the rest of us disagreed with her choices.
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.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
By Meg Tansey
Struggling after her twin brother's death, a woman wonders if she should (or even could) take time off from working at a tiny startup. Our latest advice column.
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.
Oliver Sacks’ Brain, on Music
By Ryan Murdock
What did we see inside the brain of the most famous neurologist in the world?
How My Brother’s Death Saved My Life
By Amanda Borschel-Dan
After watching Nick die of skin cancer at age 22, I was determined to clean up my act.
Don’t Say Nothing
By Magnolia Ripkin
And 7 other things to remember when a loved one reveals they are terminally ill.
The Future, Without Me
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.
After My Daughter’s Death, On Guilt and Apologies
In the year since cancer took my little girl's life, I find myself saying 'I'm sorry.' For not being able to save her, for surviving her death, and for simply being 'sorrowful.'
What People (Don’t) Do After Hearing About a Friend’s Loss
After a mother's death, a woman's inbox gets the cold shoulder from some valued pals. Our advice guru weighs in.
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