Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
Don’t Talk About How ‘It Gets Better’
By Suchandrika Chakrabarti
This is what I wish my friends knew when my parents died.
A Therapist Says Goodbye
By Pat Blumenthal
We are not ‘friends’ with those we treat. But many of our patients make a very deep and lasting impression on us.
Traveling the World With My Daughter’s Ashes in Tow
By Becky Livingston
In Ireland, alongside an empathic stranger, I watched Rachel's cremains scatter with the wind.
Meet My ‘Dead Mom Friends’
By Andrea I. Stagg
I’ve found kinship (but no judgment or pity) among my friends — and even acquaintances — who have also experienced a loss of a parent.
How I Make Real Mom Friends After My Baby’s Death
By Katie Colt
Bitching about parenthood anchors me to the present — and tests the waters for true connection.
Take a Chance On Me
By Sativa Peterson
Two days after my mom’s funeral, her friend Velma told me she had a surprise for me — and OMG, did she ever.
The Lights and Lessons of Toro Nagashi, the Japanese Candle Boat Ceremony
By Deborah Ager
I missed a lifelong friend’s funeral. But I honored him all the same.
My BFF Makes ‘Your Mom’ Jokes About My Dead Mom — and I Love Her for It
By Theodora Blanchfield
And I love her for it.
11 People You Meet in Hell
By Erin Donovan
Minimizers, vultures, happy morons, competitors at the Sad Olympics and other people you’re bound to encounter on your grief journey.
That Would Have Been a Great Story
By Stacy Feintuch
My high school boyfriend and I lost our respective spouses just months apart — and reconnected over our grief. I would like to be able to say that we fell back in love and lived happily ever after. Something else unfolded.
A Widow and her Galentines
By Debbie Weiss
After my husband died, I stumbled about looking for my tribe. Counterintuitive to my nature, I found it in yoga class.
Dead in Real Life, Alive on Twitter
By Kate Essig
How a post-mortem scrapbook project kept teaching me about my friend.
Ned and I
By Mira Ptacin
I'm 36. One of my best friends is 84. I try to live in the moment, knowing our relationship might be a fleeting one.
Why I Like Funerals More Than Weddings
By Rachel Amondson
"Four Weddings and a Funeral"? I'd rather watch "Four Funerals and a Wedding."
Grief Bacon: Don’t Make Them Eat Cake
By Ruby Dutcher
Endless comfort food can be the opposite of comforting to someone dealing with loss. Here are 5 gifts to show you care –without the added sugar.
The Words We Couldn’t Say
By Megan Birch-McMichael
As my daughter grew inside of me, my best friend's pregnancy ended in stillbirth. Comforting her felt impossible.
Living a Year as if It Were My Last
By Barbara Becker
As my childhood friend was dying of cancer, I embarked on a 365-day experiment in living.
Forever ‘The Girls’
By Niva Dorell Smith
After my husband died, my best girlfriends didn’t know what to say to me. But their presence that Memorial Day was more important than their words.
By Meg Tansey
How do I get my grief-stricken friend out of her house? Can I expect other people to remember my loved one's birthday? Our advice columnist weighs in.
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.
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