April 19, 2022

Isadora — “What I’ve tried to do is surrender to grief.”

Isadora Kosofsky is no stranger to grief – as a photojournalist, she’s spent years documenting individuals in hospice care. But when her own father passed away in a hospital overloaded with COVID-19 patients, she was reminded that you can never be prepared to lose someone you love.

April 12, 2022

Barry — “My voice had been a bridge for him.”

With the first wave of COVID-19 surging, an iPad became Barry Joseph’s lifeline for communicating with his dad, Paul Joseph, in the hospital. Guided by the poems of Billy Collins, Barry stayed by his dad’s side – virtually – until it was time to let go.

March 31, 2022

Sabila — “We watched his burial on our phones.”

Publishing executive Sabila Khan was stunned by her father Shafqat’s sudden death due to COVID-19 in early 2020. After having to forgo the traditional Muslim rituals tied to his passing, Sabila struggled with the pandemic’s overall effect on her attempt to return to normalcy.

September 7, 2021

7: Paula — “The center of our universe is gone.”

Paula Edgar has spent the past 20 years conflicted about her grief — does she take part in our country’s collective grieving on September 11th? Or does she simply mourn her beloved mother Joan in private, who she thinks of fondly whenever she hears a Broadway tune?

August 3, 2021

Claire — “We welcome people into the world; we should also see them out.”

Description Renowned grief therapist and ‘New Day’ host Claire Bidwell Smith was forced to confront her parents’ cancer deaths by the age of 25. Her quest to find meaning in the “nothingness” afterward led her down a healing path that...

August 3, 2021

Meghan — “The curtains were pulled, and it was quiet.”

Description Meghan Britton-Gross finds it hard to believe it’s been nearly 30 years since she lost her little brother, Andrew, in a car accident. He was 7. She was 12. Meghan still vividly remembers the dark and lonely aftermath of...

August 3, 2021

Julie — “I wanted to crawl out of my own skin.”

Description Latinx comedian Julie Piñero was swept up by her partner Jose’s adventurous spirit almost immediately. To make sense of his murder just weeks later, she threw herself into performance, ultimately developing a one-woman Zoom show centering on the intersection...

August 3, 2021

Jennie — “I don’t want to go back to who I was before grief.”

Description Jennie Burke wants you to know a single fact about her: her brother Matt died. After challenging him for several years to confront his addiction, she’s now reached the point where she can say she’s proud of him for...

August 3, 2021

Sabila — “We watched his burial on our phones.”

Description Publishing executive Sabila Khan is still stunned by her father Shafqat’s sudden death due to COVID-19. After having to forgo the traditional Muslim rituals tied to his passing, Sabila is also struggling with the pandemic’s overall effect on her...

August 3, 2021

Jayson — “The universe seemed malevolent; how could it do this to us?”

Description Author Jayson Greene never got a chance to buy his 2-year-old daughter Greta the family dog she wanted. After a tragic and extremely public event cut her life incredibly short, Jayson wrote extensively about his pain and is now...