Nettie Palmer’s ’s 1916 poem, Birds, was a love song from a wife to a soldier-husband.
photographer unknown. State Library of Victoria
An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.
These images of Cherine Fahd’s grandfather’s funeral were tucked away in a brown paper envelope for decades. As a society, we too often keep grief hidden from view.
Rarely seen in the family album are photographs of funerals, burials and the suffering of those who are left to mourn.
With digital immortality comes fear of digital erasure from those who treasure messages and photos of dead loved ones.
Many children experience the death of a loved one. How teachers respond matters.
When it comes to helping students who've lost a loved one, educators often don't know what to do or say. A pediatrician offers insights on how schools can support children in grief.
Sharing about tragedy online can help people feel less alone.
How do women decide whether – and what – to say about their pregnancy loss experiences on social media?
Grief is an individualised process.
The process of grieving can happen in stages. But these stages are rarely experienced in the same way by one bereaved person and another.
Donated breast milk.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
The ability to help save other babies’ lives can make recovering from a big loss easier.
Children not only lose their sibling, their parents can also disappear into profound grief.
It's important to make genuine room for children in discussions about death, ritual planning and meaning-making.
How do animals think and feel?
Patrick aka Herjolf
A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death, can experience grief and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead.
Richard Thompson, the author’s best friend.
Academic research brings people close together as they collaborate on shared goals and projects that often last decades. Saying goodbye to a collaborator can be as hard as saying goodbye to family.
It's hard to know where to start. But using the right language can help.
Social media has become a powerful platform to cope with grief.
Why it's okay to use social media to mourn.
Knowing what to say to someone who has lost a loved one by suicide can help survivors.
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Survivors of those who have died by suicide have special needs that many people do not quite understand. An expert in grief offers ways to be a helpful, healing presence and avoid saying things that will hurt.
Most people will experience feelings of deep loss and distress after a long-term relationship breakup.
The only way to get through a breakup is to experience your emotions, but not brood on them.
Six memorial candles are lit during a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Sharkey Theater on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl
Remembrance days and memorials provide people the opportunity to share stories with a community. An expert explains how that can make a difference.
A forensic photograph featured in the film Unnatural Deaths.
courtesy NSW Police
Bereaved families strive to comprehend that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the death of their loved one. Viewing the crime-and-accident scene images can offer a path to healing.
A toy truck left at a tombstone in a Montreal cemetery.
The ritual might seem strange, but a sociologist spent eight years studying it – and found that there really is a therapeutic benefit.
Surviving friends and family of a person who dies often go through deep grief.
When a patient dies, grieving family and friends too often languish in neglect.
Day of the dead at a Mexican cemetery.
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Many in the Western world lack the explicit mourning rituals that help people deal with loss. On Day of the Dead, two scholars describe ancient mourning practices.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca, Mexico.
Copyright Colleen Nordstrom
Australia has few public rituals around death, leaving people to figure out how to process grief alone. But Mexico's Day of the Dead, with its focus on art and community, could help us cope better.