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What People (Don’t) Do After Hearing About a Friend’s Loss
By Meg Tansey
After a mother's death, a woman's inbox gets the cold shoulder from some valued pals. Our advice guru weighs in.
By Emily Kaiser
Just over a year after my mom died, my boyfriend of three years walked out — carrying his deodorant and phone charger. And then, I was grieving all over again.
Et Tu, Betty?
By Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer
The Modern Loss TV club, a.k.a. Rebecca and Gabi, dissects the big 'Mad Men' news, and looks ahead to the series finale.
How I’m Making Mother’s Day My Bitch
By Kate Spencer
I've spent years wallowing on this Hallmark holiday, missing my dead mom. This time, though, I'm making it my own.
Mother’s Day, Millennial Style
By Ruby Dutcher
How Tootsie Rolls and apple cider helped bring my haphazard support system together on the first Mother's Day after my mom's death.
Why I’m Eating French Fries on Mother’s Day
By Camille Brown
My mom loved fresh vegetables, until she became too sick to eat them. Towards the end, all she — and I — could stomach was french fries.
6 Tips for Writing An Investigative Memoir
By Jessica Barraco
Curious about what goes into writing an investigative memoir? Journalist Jessica Barraco invites you into the process of researching her own mother's life.
Inside the Recipe Box
By Jennifer Meer
My late mom's handwritten, ingredient-stained recipe cards are among my most cherished possessions. Here's why.
Leaning In, My Way
By Shannon Sarna
I dove into back into work after my daughter was born. As a motherless mother, I soon realized I'd made the wrong choice.
By Kelly Haramis
At my daughters' concerts and school performances, I see all the happy grandparents, snapping photos and bearing flowers. That's when I feel my own mother's loss most acutely.
Divorce as Primer
By Miriam Gottfried
I became a divorcée at 29. Months later, my mother suddenly died. The isolation I felt after my marriage ended gave me the tools to deal with her loss.
In Praise of Canada’s Assisted Suicide Decision
By Nicole Belanger
I am still haunted by watching my mother die in the hospital, attached to so many machines. What if she could have died on her own terms?
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.
Wild, Like Me
By Claire Bidwell Smith
In a sold-out movie theater, watching the film based on Cheryl Strayed's bestseller, I saw my own experience with mother loss play out on the big screen.
Older Than She Was
By Amy Barr
I’ve officially lived longer than my mother did. Only now, on the other side, have I come to understand the life she lived.
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.
How Much Information Is Too Much Information?
By Jennifer Richler
I have so many questions about my mother's tragic accident. But will the details of her death provide me with relief or will it traumatize me all over again? Weighing the pros and cons of fact-finding.
Up in the Andes, a Wish Come True
By Katherine Maguid
Thirteen years after my parents died in a plane crash, 4,000 miles from home, and alongside other 'motherless daughters,' I finally began to heal.
When the Grief-Stricken Has Special Needs
In the latest installment of "Ask Modern Loss," a hospice volunteer wonders how best to help a man with Down Syndrome process the impending death of his mother.
Labor Day Love and Loss on Lake George
By Rebecca Soffer
I tell my son about my idyllic summers on Lake George — just not about the Labor Day tragedy that followed one of them.
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