Accidental Wisdom

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After two years filled with physical and emotional pain, Alex Brennan shares what he’s learned, much of it by accident.

My Last Lover Was

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Jeff Walt captures a moment of loss in a poem that is both stark and lovely.

The Breech

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Sean Davis gives a haunting first-person account of the inhumanity (and the humanity) of war.

Breast Cancer: Loving Her for Who She Is, Not What She Lost

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Jeff Dawson received the greatest gift when he reunited with the love of his life. That she’d just lost her breast to a mastectomy did nothing to limit that love.

Your Voice

Answering Machine

Tom Mallouk writes touchingly of a deceased friend and the small bit of impermanence that remains.

Lapping Over Us

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Laura Foley’s poem works to come to terms with loss by juxtaposing the language of dreams with one stark, unforgettable image.

6 Ways To Get Through A Breakup In The Age Of Social Media

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Modern break-ups appear to be a lot more complicated than those of past generations. As if real life weren’t hard enough, nowadays we also have to add a digital breakup.

My Manic Ex-Love’s Obituary

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When we love, we can often stumble into loss. Nathan Graziano shares with us the story of one of his first loves, leaving us to reel in the heartbreaking reality that is loving someone with depression.

What She Taught Me

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Even though he’s never had a conversation with his Mother, Mark MacDonald is eternally grateful for all she has taught him.

The Agony Of Realizing That “The One” Is Now Somebody You Used To Know

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You neither can nor should try to avoid the sadness of love. There is always some loss associated with loving a person.

Not Every Break Up Should Leave You Broken

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Not every relationship ends with happily ever after. But not every break up needs to break your heart either.

A Boy’s Bike

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Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.

The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

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Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.

9 Misfortunes Everyone Experiences That You Don’t Realize Are Blessings In Disguise

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Turn the way that you think of these common occurrences on their head—and transform your life in the process.

Performing Masculinity and Grief: a Death of My Own

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Randall Horton reflects on his own experiences with grief, and wonders why being a man is to be sentenced to a life bereft of emotional support?

The Mended Heart

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Losing his father at age nine fractured Thomas Fiffer’s heart, but he found his way back to wholeness.