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What it’s like to mourn the living

Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Image: Alice Popkorn via Flickr/CC BY 2.0


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Bridges between me and those I’ve lost

Black and white stepping stones in a river.
Black and white stepping stones in a river.
Photo: baona/Getty Images

When I got through the cold they made me swim in a river, and I forgot his name. I forgot all the names. — Sarah Ruhl, ‘Eurydice’


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The year of ghosts and dreams


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The quiet, crushing weight of Alzheimer's

My Father and I near the end.


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She doesn’t pay rent, but we’re doing okay

Detail from “The Bowden Children,” John Hoppner, 1803


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On losing, and finding, my son

Ben’s hat, Mt. Garfield Summit


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A letter to my son

A Pietá figurine, striped dog plushie, letter from a child, and other personal items.
A Pietá figurine, striped dog plushie, letter from a child, and other personal items.


This Is Us

A lifetime of memories in and about the place where we rest our heads

The author at 5 years old, modeling a waterbed.


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I watched my husband go through different stages. Here’s what to expect.

Our display at my husband’s memorial service.


This Is Us

The cultural norms around miscarriage are not serving any of us well

Black-and-white photo of a person sitting on a toilet, covering their face with their hand, elbow resting on their thigh.
Black-and-white photo of a person sitting on a toilet, covering their face with their hand, elbow resting on their thigh.
Photo: Tony Mucci/Unsplash

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