Yesterday’s New York Times had two really great essays on mourning I’d like to draw to your attention.
The Modern Love column featured a piece by Lucy Schulte Danziger titled “Sad News Like a Warm Hug Goodbye.” She writes about how her dad died on Father’s Day at the age of 82. He was a lifelong swimmer who drowned while swimming in a lake. He died while doing something that he loved – what a way to go. She feels the mourning more as a warm hug than a punch in the gut.
The Lives column in the Magazine was titled “Last Bites.” David Sax wrote about his father-in-law’s love of food and long decline. He reminisces about babka, love, tears at loss and making a new way to remember a loved one.
You might also check out the inspirational Vows column. It focuses on the courtship and wedding of Angela Sclafani and Michael Olexa. Michael has cancer, and their money went toward medical treatment. An organization called Wish Upon a Wedding, a national nonprofit organization that helps couples facing terminal diseases pay for a wedding, provided the means to a lovely wedding day.