grief Filter
  1. “Everyone around you . . . they’re all experiencing the collateral damage of living. They are all grieving someone, missing someone, worried about someone.”

    Death
  2. The Gospel According to Scruffy

    Jane Barter meditates on losing her pet dog: “I tried to sing his name again…but my voice sounded strange; I can no longer find the right note. I realize I will never say his name rightly again; that his proper name must now become silence…”

    Animals
  3. Learning to be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

    “My identity for years was the lawyer who quit her job to eat soup. As I’ve laid in bed on and off since 2017, I’ve watched the travel industry and my fellow writers move on with their lives. Mine feels very stuck.” Jodi Ettenberg, founder of Legal Nomads, muses on grief, healing, and her CSF leak.

    Health
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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)
  13. 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
  14. “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
  15. 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