How to Walk Through the Darkness of Grief

There’s no single way through sorrow. But Louise Thayer helps us clear a path—and lead others, too.

‘My Friend Just Died. I Don’t Know What to Do’

One man on Reddit responded with a life lesson we all need to hear.

Men and the Death of Their Fathers

Men grieve their fathers on their own terms, but similarities can be found.

Stupid Things That Caring People Say About Grief

Grief is a deeply personal process.  Common clichés do more harm than good. How to help men grieve. Many people have not lost someone close. They haven’t experienced grief, so they say things that make men who are grieving feel worse. They make us not want to share anything with them. What we need is […]

This Dad Rode 545 Miles For Gay Son Who Died Before He Could

When David Flannigan lost his son to AIDS, he decided to honor him, one mile at a time.

A Cool Mountain Mourning

Maybe I gasped, maybe I cursed. I don’t remember. But I do remember looking at my infant son’s face as I felt life and death slam together in a disorienting collision.

The Abandoned Table: Changing Places After a Death in the Family

After the loss, where do you sit? How do you fill the empty space?

Reflections of a Mental Health Care Intern

Ariel Gordon shares some insights from her work in mental health care.

How to Be a Dad After the Loss of a Child

Adam Crawford’s daughter passed away when she was nine months old. This is what he’s learned about moving forward, as a father and as a man, after an unspeakable tragedy.

An Open Letter to Steph, Who Sent a Sky Lantern to Her Father, Which Landed in My Driveway

Matt Mikalatos found a touching note written from a daughter to a father. As a father himself, this is his response…

Lapping Over Us

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

Not Every Break Up Should Leave You Broken

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

Performing Masculinity and Grief: a Death of My Own

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?


It’s not entirely clear who haunts Philip Clark’s coming-of-age poem more—the dead or the living.

The First Time I Found Out My Husband Had Died

Mary Windecker’s husband died during a diving trip in 1994, devastating her family. But a surprising discovery seventeen years later forced her to revisit her pain and loss in ways she hadn’t expected.

The Ties of My Father

Larry Bernstein’s father died seventeen years ago, but his memory lives on in the neckties that were passed down from father to son.