Notes from in between meditation-app alerts.
“My father is dead, I said to myself, my father is dead. Again and again I said it, and still I failed to grasp what it meant.”
Grieving the mysterious death of her father, Susanna Space seeks refuge in the study of meteors.
Michael Gonzales reflects on the deaths of a dear friend, and a bookworm he idolized: David Bowie.
Michael Gonzales remembers a real friendship and the makings of a brutal crime novel.
A daughter recounts her family’s worst day, through her mother’s eyes.
“To my surprise, Disney World was not a difficult place to be while in mourning. To me it didn’t feel like an escape from grief, so much as a continued break from unendurable real life.”
Notes from an awful winter.
After his death, Emily Urquhart ‘sees’ her brother with regularity. Nearly 20 years later, stories and science help to explain why.
The basketball court is a place where young black men feel comfortable mourning death, but are there crucial elements missing from their grieving practices?
Carolita Johnson tallies the costs and benefits of love and cohabitation as a woman artist living in a patriarchy.
Police eventually figured out who killed Jaimee Mendez, but not how or why.
How do you bring yourself to plan for a baby after three miscarriages in a row?
My friend Sam went back to Brooklyn and his gang of peculiar white buddies watching their endless Stanley Kubrick film festival. I shall not see him again.
After suicides and heartbreak ravage her family, Jenny Aurthur finds she has no choice but be transformed.
How many not-quite-parents are bearing the pain of miscarriage silently and alone?
Since my father’s death, I dream about descents and falls. How, without warning, gravity has you in its grip.
How do we deal emotionally with the many deaths of climate change?
Nicole Chung contemplates loss, adoption, and working on a book her late father won’t get to see.
Ken Otterbourg contemplates love and loss and what we remember when we try to forget.
Sometimes death takes a torturously slow, scenic route.
Jacqueline Dooley recalls her difficult transition from being a mother with earthly duties, to becoming one with more spiritual concerns for a teenage daughter with terminal cancer.
After a series of losses, Lillian Slugocki tries to make sense of death — and life in the wake of others’ passing.
How a family of five learned how to be a family of four.
Anna Armstrong recalls a road trip to escape her grief-stricken home — dragging her 13-year-old brother to see R.E.M.
After a spate of trauma and loss, Maura Kelly retreats to the Hudson Valley where she is converted into a ‘nature person.’
A decade after her mother’s death, Ashley Abramson reflects on being raised by a parent addicted to opioids.
“The trills in his notes sputter and lift. He sounds like an animal in trouble. Like a lounge singer who’s lost his mind.”
Discovering the show when she was a teenager in 1990 helped A.N. Devers navigate the grief of losing her grandparents—and her girlhood.
Seth Davis Branitz had an awful suspicion he’d feel relieved when, some day, his very troubled brother would pass. He had no idea about the other ends it would rapidly bring with it.