‘Double Tap for Caleb’: Mourning a 13-Year-Old YouTube Star on Instagram

Caleb Logan Bratayley, 13-year-old star of a popular family YouTube channel, died of “natural causes” last week. Apart from a handful of photos and videos, the family has remained silent about the matter, asking their million-plus fans to bear with them as they “deal with this tragedy” together. »10/05/15 3:00pm10/05/15 3:00pm


Sheryl Sandberg: 'I Know I Will Never Feel Pure Joy Again'

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has written a pretty extraordinary Facebook note about observing the first 30 days following her husband David’s sudden death. In Jewish tradition, that 30-day period is known as sheloshim. Sandberg observes, “I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder. I feel… »6/03/15 2:45pm6/03/15 2:45pm

Death Becomes Her: The Dark Arts of Crepe and Mourning

Before I left the house to go to the new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, which explores The Costume Institute's extensive collection of grieving garments from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, I thought about asking my father what I should wear. One of the earliest… »10/28/14 6:30pm10/28/14 6:30pm

Woman Tears Down Memorial Because 'There's Been Enough Mourning'

When 12-year-old Sammy Cohen Eckstein was tragically killed three months ago by a driver in Park Slope, his family and friends put up a memorial to honor him. It's been up (apparently without incident) ever since. Well, until a woman who, according to Gothamist, is also a member of the neighborhood decided there had… »1/18/14 6:20pm1/18/14 6:20pm