music
My funeral song changes about once a year, but it's usually some sad bastard music with vague lyrics full of romantic imagery.
funerals
Well, I didn’t technically live in a funeral home. It wasn’t my official mailing address. But I did spend most of my nights there. I did it for love. Trigger warning: centipedes (shudder).
in

Jun 20, 2014 at 11:00am | 72 comments

death
“Upon death, freeze the head,” read the bracelet on his wrist.
kayaking
"I thought you were dead,” my guide said. “I thought we were going home with one less kayaker.”
in

May 18, 2014 at 3:00pm | 113 comments

social media
Facebook is becoming an increasingly important component of peoples’ deaths -- not only how we process loss, but how we remember them.
in

May 14, 2014 at 11:30am | 30 comments

cats
Make sure you all hug your fur-babies extra tight tonight.
family drama
My bank account is a constant reminder that I only have one parent and that the other one is never coming back.
family
A few months after my sister's suicide, I was planning to return home to NYC when my boyfriend called to tell me he was “sorry, but he couldn’t deal with my grief anymore.”
death
What you think losing a child would be like is nothing like how it actually is.
in

Apr 3, 2014 at 2:00pm | 326 comments

alcoholism
"So here I find myself in the psych ward, on the fifth floor, which I’m continuously assured is for the 'least crazy' or 'most stable' of us."
child abuse
I'm only now speaking publicly about why I wrote the vicious obituary. Even in death, this woman still gives me nightmares.
philip seymour hoffman
A lot of people are talking about what could have been done to "help" Phil. I want to talk about how he helped everyone he ever met.
death
Why is a celebrity's path toward serious health problems or death something to take macabre delight in, while a woman discussing the ordinary and often very mundane facts of death is someone to shut down?
texas
partners
I'm hoping reading your guy's experiences will give me some insight and help me support him as well as I can.
doctors
Almost every doctor I went to see seemed to just go ahead and assume I was crazy before I even sat down, probably because I wrote or circled things on my forms like "Celexa, 40 mg daily," "Buspar, 30 mg daily" and "history of substance abuse."
in

Dec 10, 2013 at 2:00pm | 330 comments

grief
dogs
I’ve never had anyone I was very close with die, maybe it’s like this all the time.
getting old
I still struggle to accept the certainty of death.
in

Sep 12, 2013 at 4:00pm | 39 comments

death
death
...And there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Researchers say near-death experiences can be chalked up to an 'electrical surge in a dying brain.' Yes, my dreams are shattered.
crime
I've been a horror-movie junkie since I was a kid. As an adult, I graduated to trashy true-crime books and TV (plus an inexhaustible passion for "Law & Order: SVU"). It's slightly embarrassing, but I'm not alone in this -- am I? Let's discuss.