Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
‘Your Papa Is Right Here’
By Marc Sorensen Leandro
After my husband died, an old friend asked me what he could offer me, beyond words. I thought of something that our young sons could treasure.
My Relationship With My Dad Changed After My Mom Died
By Paris Rosenthal
Here's what I learned about embracing a new dynamic with a surviving parent.
To the Widowed Dad on Father’s Day
By Justin Yopp and Donald Rosenstein
Being a ‘good enough’ parent is precisely what your grieving children need.
Forgiveness, Father’s Day and Finding a Way Though
By Erin Lee Carr
I screwed up my dad's birthday a long time ago. His reaction continues to teach me lessons years after his death.
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.
On Father’s Day, Grief Tastes Like Berry Cobbler
By Shannon Casey
When Dad was here, we made olallieberry jam on Father’s Day. Now that he’s gone, our sweet tradition has evolved.
Purple Rain on Father’s Day
By Janine Annett
My dad and the rock star Prince had everything and nothing in common. This is the time of year I feel their absence most acutely.
Does Moving Away Mitigate Grief?
By Melanie Takefman
Thousands of miles now separate me from the landmarks of my memories with Dad. Here's what the distance has changed — and what it hasn't.
DNA and Middle C
By Rebecca Odes
My son's resemblance to my father was always striking. But after my dad died, it took on new meaning.
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.
21 Things You Probably Don’t Know About My Dead Dad
By Rebecca Soffer
No. 9: If he loved you, he'd write you an insanely clever poem for every birthday, milestone or minor holiday.
20 Things You Probably Don’t Know About My Dead Dad
By Gabrielle Birkner
He never met my children, but they will know him through the photos, scrapbooks and stories of those who knew and loved him best. Through me.
A Father’s Day Sale for the Recently Deceased Dad
By Alison Zeidman
I keep getting emails from Bed Bath & Beyond reminding me that “It’s Not Too Late To Find the Perfect Father’s Day Gift!” But in this case, it kind of is.
Why I’m Jealous of Grieving People
By Nicole Ferraro
Dad died when I was 6, and life went on seemingly undeterred. All these years later, I find myself envious of those who have the chance to mourn.
By Alyssa Limperis
After my dad's death, now it just feels like a house.
By Laura Coward
On my 8th fatherless Father's Day, my dad found a way to send me a handwritten message from the grave.
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.
After My Daughter’s Death, On Guilt and Apologies
By Eric Meyer
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.'
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 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.
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