Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
Missing the Goodbye
By Affad Shaikh
For immigrant families like mine, loss can mean mourning from a great distance.
Meet the Widex
By Stacey Freed
Eight years after we divorced, my sons’ father was dead — and I went from the ex to something more complicated.
Was My Dead Ex Talking to Me From Inside the TV?
By Molly Tolsky
Was my dead ex talking to me from inside the TV?
Meet Patricia, Aunt Esther’s Amazon Alter Ego
By Joey Chernila
It was only after my aunt's death that I really got to know her -- through hundreds of Amazon.com product reviews.
The Long Arc of My Mentor’s Impact
By Samuel G. Freedman
Jeff Schmalz was my advocate in the newsroom — and the first openly gay man I knew. Even years after his death, his influence on my life takes on new forms.
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.
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.
When Your New Home Has a Sad History
By Beth Taylor
When you buy a home, you want to imagine yourself living there — not the former owner dying there.
Land of Enchantment
By Leigh Stein
After my ex-boyfriend's death, would returning to our New Mexico — where we had shared a life — unleash my grief?
Close to Death
By Abby Sher
I had just given birth to my third child and was training for a half-marathon when I had a heart attack. And as I lay in my hospital bed, I could hear the woman in the next room dying.
What I Mourn When I Mourn Robin Williams
By Alysia Abbott
What Gen Xers mourn when we mourn Robin Williams.
Robin Williams: His ‘Little Spark’ Gave Off So Much Light
By Malina Saval
For comic genius Robin Williams — dead in an apparent suicide — there was ultimately no reprieve from the darkness.
Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Man We All Knew (But Didn’t)
By Michelle Collins
In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's demise, let's not make a sport out of dredging up the details of his final moments.
Mourning Tina, the Nanny Who Raised Me
By Catie Lazarus
When strangers ask me if my necklace is a family heirloom, the answer is not so easy as yes or no.
Tweets by @ModernLoss
We're so glad you're here. While you are, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter.