When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small.
The father of a Nova Scotia teen who took her own life after she was allegedly raped and then bullied for a year-and-a-half has posted a tribute to his daughter online, saying he wants her to be remembered for “her love of life and the beautiful way in which she lived it.
The whole system failed Martin. What prevents it from failing my children, or yours?
I feel that I must tell my boys that, but I can’t. It’s stuck in my throat. It’s an impossibly heartbreaking conversation to have. So, I sit and watch in silence, and occasionally mouth the word, “breathe,” because I keep forgetting to.
"Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive and that we know we're going to die," poet Marie Howe tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
"A few years after her younger brother John died from AIDS-related complications in 1989, poet Marie Howe wrote him a poem in the form of a letter. Called "What the Living Do," the poem is an elegiac description of loss, and of living beyond loss."
I cherish time spent with my mother. No matter how busy I get, I always make time for her. “She’s the closest friend I have in my life” is the truest line I’ve ever written, and the closing lyrics “I won’t have the courage to sort through her things; I cannot bear all the pain it will bring” confronts my fear of the inevitable.
Listen to Mark Kozelek's song "I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love", a tribute to all of us who have devoted ourselves to our children - here and gone. The song is also a tribute to our mothers, whether they are still here or gone.
The Velez brothers both died while on deployment for the Army in their early 20s, two years apart from one another. Their sister, Monica, had been like a mother to them, and their deaths left her feeling helpless.
Nancy’s inspiring and triumphant true story is a life marked by tragedy but defined by resilience. This two time cancer survivor endured tragedies close to her: the untimely death of her sister, her best friend killed in an auto crash—a seemingly ongoing appointment with loss.
However, Nancy faced her toughest challenge, when her husband, Joel, and two young sons, Adam and Seth, were killed in a small plane crash in Colorado.