What If You Had Died At 15?

The lie is that a life is ever finished.

Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readApr 23, 2023

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Ana, age 14 — Photo by Author

“I don’t know what I would’ve done if you had died at 15,” my childhood best friend said to me shortly after my daughter died. I’d been telling her about Ana’s best friends who had dropped by our house to spend time in Ana’s empty room. They did that a lot for the first year or two after she died. They’d bring Ana’s favorite snack, sit in her room…

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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