Sharing Someone Else's Pain: A Question of Tact via David Sedaris

David Sedaris penned a fantastic piece in The New Yorker about the suicide death of his youngest sister, Tiffany. In it, he talks about Tiffany's slow descent into depression by way of horrific living conditions and mental illness. This is framed, interestingly, by a family vacation he paid for shortly after her death. » 10/21/13 9:00pm 10/21/13 9:00pm

How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 10:01pm 6/16/13 10:01pm

Carrie Underwood Will Play Maria in The Sound of Music: The Stages of…

NBC has just announced that country singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will portray Maria Von Trapp — the role originally played to perfection by the radiant Julie Andrews — in a TV remake of The Sound of Music. There are no words for what we are feeling about this atrocity. Instead: the Kübler-Ross… » 11/30/12 7:45pm 11/30/12 7:45pm

These Downton Abbey Trading Cards Will Distract You From Your Grief

If you are in full mourning over the end of Downton Abbey coming to an end for the moment, perhaps these stylish Downton trading cards from Vanity Fair will be of some comfort. I'll trade you a Lady Edith and a Branson for an Anna and Mr. Bates. » 2/20/12 11:55pm 2/20/12 11:55pm

How To Help A Friend Deal With Miscarriage

When someone you know has a miscarriage, it can be hard to know what to say. We have some tips for responding sensitively in this difficult situation. » 12/15/11 5:00pm 12/15/11 5:00pm

Adorable Bearded Monkeys Discovered in East Africa