How to Grieve

Lessons from little lives

Yi Shun Lai
Human Parts
Published in
4 min readMay 2, 2023

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sunset by the seaside. the light is tangerine and grey. on the left is the ocean, gentle lapping waves. a narrow stretch of dark beach follows to the right, and the, a stretch of beachgrass, light orange and black in the shadows.
Photo by Petr Vyšohlíd on Unsplash

The Rabbit

Last month, my friend Jamie posted a photo of a deceased bunny on her social feeds.

Was it awful? No:

Jamie Wallace’s Facebook post, from late March. Text reads: “Because every creature deserves respect and reverence. Each life matters, no matter how small or anonymous. Rest in peace, little rabbit.” Photo of a brown rabbit with white underbelly lying on its side in leaf litter. Jamie has arranged flowers — purple blooms, roses, and baby’s breath — around its body, with a candle lit close to the rabbit.

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Yi Shun Lai
Human Parts

Author: A SUFFRAGISTS’S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC (2024), Pin Ups (2020). Columnist, The Writer. theGooddirt.org; @gooddirt. Psst: Say “yeeshun.” You can do it!