When the writer's dog died, she worried she’d never be able to open her heart again. But her new companion, struggling with her own separation anxiety, showed her the way.
In this deeply poignant essay, the award-winning novelist-memoirist perfectly evokes that gutting feeling when your best friend knows it's time to go before you're ready to accept it.
A few years ago, doctors told the writer her sick mother wouldn’t survive the night—they were wrong. She’s prepared for her funeral, but how can you prepare for what comes after?
The death-positive movement is being built around activism, science, entrepreneurship, art and feminism. Can it remove the stigma from mortality?
A chance encounter with the late Whitney Houston and daughter, Bobbi Kristina, inspires the writer to reflect on the tragic diva's all-consuming hunger.
Surprise-dropping "Lemonade" two days after the death of the High Priest of Pop was an incredibly bold move. And, according to this writer, a welcome and necessary one.
When an outpouring of social-media support for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks gives way to grief-shaming, are we losing sight of our humanity?
They say all lives matter. But the memorialization of the two murdered Virginia journalists underscores the role race plays in the way victims—and shooters—are treated by the media.
Many mental-health professionals take up to a month-long vacation in late summer. Which fills clients—like this grief-stricken writer—with existential dread.
For 27 years, the writer had a dutiful relationship with her most devoted friend. Only later did she question who needed who more.