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Merry — Not So Much
By Meg Tansey
Our advice columnist weighs in on holiday shopping for the bereaved, what to do when Christmas parties are grief triggers and more.
Thanksgiving After Jack
By Anna Whiston-Donaldson
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my 12-year-old son went out to play in the rain and never came home. That year, everything about the holiday just felt wrong.
On Thanksgiving, Hitting the ‘Reset’ Button
By Jennifer Dunsmore
We never had any holiday traditions, like the ones you see on TV. But in my mom's absence — and in her honor — I'm creating some.
Father’s Day Without Dad, Vol. 10
By Gabrielle Birkner
My rational side tells me that the third Sunday in June is just another day. But when that day rolls around, I feel my dad's absence more intensely.
Gold Star Widow
By Artis Henderson
At my first Memorial Day conference for military families, I found kindred spirits among the brokenhearted.
Reclaiming Mother’s Day
By Rebecca Soffer
Modern Loss' founder opens up about celebrating Mother's Day for the first time in eight years, and compiles some the site's most moving pieces about losing a mother, and losing a child.
To Be a Motherless Mother on Mother’s Day
By Sarah Rasheed
Five years after my mom’s sudden death, the birth of my son returned to me something I had been missing.
Festival of Freedom
By Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Following my miscarriage, the symbolism of the Passover holiday is particularly resonant.
Death, Valentines and the YA Section
By Renata Sancken
When my best friend died, I was through with Valentine's Day (aka her birthday). I found solace in the library, surrounded by teen angst.
5 Grief Goals for 2014
By Tré Miller Rodríguez
A young widow vows to make new mistakes this year, and to give guilt the boot.
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.
’Twas the Fight Before Christmas
When it came to decorating the tree, my late husband and I didn’t exactly see eye-to eye.
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?
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.
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