Candid conversation about grief. Beginners welcome.
8 Steps to Writing a Loss Story with Your Child
By Caron Levis
Books are a safe way to explore big feelings. Here's how to write a tale of loss and grief with your child.
Letters To My Dead Mother
By Gina Rich
I’d imagined these words, penned on the anniversary of Mom’s death, as an emotional storage unit for my grief — only to realize there’s no such thing.
Why I Told Anne Lamott My Husband Died
By Julia Cho
I promised myself I wouldn’t, but then I opened up to a writer I’ve long admired about the most surreal, unbelievable thing that has ever happened to me.
My Grief is F*cking Funny
By Emily Rapp Black
Why I never pass up a chance to laugh my ass off. Especially when I'm grieving.
Mother Loss and My Lyft Driver
By Carmel Breathnach
I had a five star ride -- but not for the reasons I'd expected.
My Dad Was Dying While I Was Divorcing
By Molly Rosen Guy
I vowed never to speak with my ex-husband again. Then my father was diagnosed with leukemia.
Writing With Heart From Behind Bars
By Allison Langer
I teach memoir writing at a prison. One week, the topic was loss. My students really went there — and so did I.
After a Teenager’s Death, Metaphors Fail
By Goldberry Long
My friend's 16-year-old daughter was hit by a car and I struggled to write about it. Because no words can truly encapsulate the zero of grief.
Making My Dad A Searchable Term
By Tamiko Nimura
My dad died before the Internet. When I put his name out into the digital world, I couldn't have anticipated what would come back to me.
Had I Sealed My Father’s Fate?
By Michelle Adelman
I'm a novelist and killed off the father character early in my first book. When my dad died unexpectedly soon after, I was wracked with guilt.
The Writing Life
By Joanna Chen
My friend allowed me no excuses for unfinished work. When she died, I thought I’d never put pen to paper again.
Workshopping My Grief
By Kristi DiLallo
My classmates were poring over my essay about my grandmother’s murder. As a writer, I’ve never felt more vulnerable.
The Best Show for Your Grieving Child (and You)
By Ruby Dutcher
"Steven Universe" might just be the most nuanced, realistic portrayal of grief on television.
By Annie Robinson
Narrative practice has helped me navigate grief. Here's how it could help you, too.
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.
Tears and Tequila in Tinseltown
A novel imagines a safe haven for young widows and widowers in the City of Angels.
The Art of the Public Deathbed
With her powerful presence on social media, writer, musician and cult celebrity Amanda Palmer offers a poignant lesson on grieving in front of an audience.
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.
Loss as Muse: A Q&A With Megan Devine
By Modern Loss
With her 'Writing Your Grief' course, Megan Devine helps students turn sad stories into powerful prose.
How To: Write the Tough Stuff
By Jessica Handler
Here are five tips for those worried that their writing on grief will alienate readers — or loved ones.
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