grief Filter
  1. Three Things I’ve Learned Through Grief

    From Allie Lehman: “In my 20s, I was always waiting for my big break. I used to see others’ success and was convinced (without a doubt) that that made them happy. Now, I feel myself running away from hype and hustle. I feel strong standing on the ground underneath me.”

    Inspiration
  2. In Memory of Sid or Alex

    What do you do when you know your aged goldfish is dying? You write about him. “I believe every animal deserves to have its story heard. So this has been the memoir of Sid or Alex, the 14-year-old goldfish who died on February 24th, 2018. He was a good fish.”

    Animals
  3. 1000 days

    “There was a pair of shoes at Nordstrom’s last week that Dave would have loved, but I didn’t buy them because I couldn’t remember his shoe size.
     
    And, obviously, also because dead men do not need shoes.”
     
    Ra Avis remembers her husband, 1000 days since his death.

    Death
  4. Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair on Colten Boushie

    Murray Sinclair, Canadian Senator and former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, reflects on Colten Boushie: “I grieve for other mothers / with empty arms / who now think of their loss / at the hands of others.”

    Current Events
  5. My secret battle.

    Simon Thomas on depression, anxiety, and grief:  “Right now all I can muster is the strength to hold onto that rock and try my best, to try and be as Godly a Dad as I can for Ethan and trust that out of this fog of grief all that I felt before will clear…”

    Death
  6. “So you keep a secret drawer with a few items of her favorite clothes. And you retreat to press your face into them, searching for the familiar scent of her that has long since faded.” — Suzanne Leitz on the marks left by loss.

    Death
  7. A Writing Update for 2018

    Anna Shinoda puts a monster manuscript to rest amid a time of grief. “Writing has returned to being an emotional outlet for me. . . . My thoughts come out in small bursts. Emotions and words that are swirling find a better place on paper than circulating in my head.”

    Authors
  8. The Shape of Goodness

    Blogger Cate remembers her friend: “Something larger and finer than a single human departs when such a person dies:  a grace, a hope, a loveliness. An encouragement in a world that desperately needs encouragement.”

    Death
  9. Writing Through Grief: Five Posts

    Five pieces that have deeply moved us over the last few months.

    Death
    Photo by Robert Couse-Baker (CC BY 2.0)
  10. But, you see I am a mother who has to live with grieving a child gone, while loving the child I have, and they’re both the same. I love them both, I just miss one.

    Motherhood
  11. “Your parents will . . . find a cemetery, one close by, so your Mom can visit you every day; pick out a nice four by eight foot plot, maybe beside a tree, and buy the only piece of real estate you will ever own.”

    Death
  12. One Phone Call Can Change Everything

    “A lot can change in the course of one phone call.” At Commode to Joy, Jamie Muscato writes about her father’s death, her strong bond with her brother Troy, and the call that changed everything seven years ago.

    Death
  13. Goodbye Piper

    Dementia took the mind of Bruce Jenkins’ mother, but it could not erase their shared love of words. “Take a book, and read to her just as she read to you.”

    Books
  14. Questions My Grandmother Never Had To Grapple With

    “And she never reflected upon ‘the five questions to ask when discovering your personal brand.’ Her personal brand was the purple and silver blouse she bought herself after my grandfather died but she didn’t think of it that way because grandmothers don’t have personal brands.”

    Family
  15. On Grief, Patton Oswalt’s Engagement, and “the Heart’s Expansion”

    In a powerful viral post, Erica Roman — who lost her husband in April 2016 — replies to Patton Oswalt’s online detractors after the comedian (and widower) announced his recent engagement.

    Commentary