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I’ll Never Be Okay

What you don’t want to know about parental grief

Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readAug 7, 2022

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My daughter Ana, with her dog Roo, about 5 months before she died

I’m pretty sure you don’t want honesty. You want to hear that I’m moving on, accepting her death in whatever context acceptance means for you.

You don’t want to hear how hard this is. You don’t want to know about her ashes inside the handmade urn that sits on the…

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Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss