Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
Exercise in Avoidance
By Ellen Friedrichs
The walk home from school was long — like four-hours long the way we did it. But it kept us out of an apartment full of grief triggers.
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.
Will I Still Be Funny?
By Jessica Frith
My family thrived on potty humor, but after my dad died I wondered if we'd ever again laugh with abandon.
When Self Care Looks Like Paying The Cable Bill
By Meg Tansey
"My father-in-law suddenly died. How do I take care of them, and myself, while working full-time?" Meg's case for the little things.
Chicken Chow Found
By Jerusha Klemperer
I've spent years attempting to rebuild my dad's favorite recipe. And with a simple wok, I've connected our family with him anew.
This Side of Paradise
By Nanea Hoffman
Hawaiian cemetery picnics have long been a family tradition, but one I have resisted since my father died.
David Carr’s ‘Lasting Totem’
By Brian Stelter
The writer David Carr thought of me like a son. When he died, he left me with a trove of fatherly wisdom, courtesy of Gmail.
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.
My Dad, Forever a Stranger
By Anastasia Selby
For 16 years I had no relationship with my father, a devoted Scientologist. When he died, I realized just how little I knew about him — and he about me.
My Two Dads
By Ryan Murdock
When a motorcycle accident turned my father into a man we — and he — no longer recognized, I contemplated helping him die.
By Laura Kiesel
Uncle Billy, the father figure in my life, came back from prison broken and distant. And before long, he was dead — leaving me to wrestle with his complicated legacy.
25 Things I Learned from My Dad
By Kate Hudson
Life lessons, in chronological order, from a recently deceased parent.
By Asha Rajan
One moment, I was planning a long-awaited trip to East Africa. The next, I was facing down two life-or-death decisions.
Revisiting the Track after My Father’s Death
By Kristine Hansen
I'd abandoned the 440-yard loop long ago. Returning to it allowed me to begin grieving my father's death.
I have a terrible relationship with sister. How do I get through my dad’s memorial service without creating a scene? Our advice columnist weighs in.
A Night With ‘The Dead Dads Club’
By Ruby Dutcher
A new show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater draws comedy from grief.
Missing Dad on Super Bowl Sunday
By Cindy Augustine
I could care less about football, but my late father loved it. And on the weekend of the big game, I feel his absence acutely.
When Everything Scared Me
By Stevan Schwartzenberger Brown
After my parents died in a plane crash, there was grief, pain and loneliness. But above all, there was fear — until there wasn’t.
My First Real World AIDS Day
By Whitney Joiner
My father died of AIDS 22 years ago. For more than two decades, I avoided World AIDS Day. This year, I'm owning my history. Here's why.
Small Screen Refuge
By Linda Perkins
To distract ourselves from Dad's fatal diagnosis, my brother and I planted ourselves in front of the TV — inhaling a steady diet of "The Jetsons" and "The Dating Game."
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