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Death, Memory

This room, where he saw the world, where he created a world.

by Charlie Grosso

Wenshan district — I walked into my grandfather’s room and look around. This is the first time in all my life where I’ve been in this room by myself. Grandfather would never leave us alone in the room when we were young, fearing we would mess something up. When we got older, as did he, he rarely went out and guarded his room as if we are still children with sticky fingers. He’s gone. I’m in the room alone. This ro...

Death, Thoughts, Life

In The Geography of Bliss, someone says that one should contemplate death five minutes a day to be happy.

by Aaron Palabyab

Quezon city — And now, the death of a dear relative has brought the idea of death closer to home than ever before. During my first ever meditation last year, a voice whispered in my ear, “Don’t worry too much abou...

Death, Family, Saying Goodbye

My father died suddenly - or rather, to everyone else his death seemed sudden and unexpected, but for him, it was a long time coming. From the stories that people have shared about their last moments with him, I think he knew his death was imminent. 

by Bernadette Z.

San jose — My father died at the end of February, a week before my mother’s birthday and 3 weeks before his 71st birthday. His health had been very poor in the last year but we all thought he was looking better,...

birds, Death

Sometimes there's nothing you can do.

by Jess Hutton

Salt lake city — My husband saved a hypothermic baby duck on Tuesday. But I came through the back gate, arms full of groceries, and there was nothing I could do for this one. I wrapped him in plastic bags before the ...

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