Judith H. Montgomery


Poet Judith Montgomery offers a meditation on the painful repetition of caring for an ill spouse.

Debra Salazar


In this creative nonfiction piece, a woman recycles her dead lover’s computer and discovers the difficulty of letting go.

Liz Dolan

Early Sorrow

A poem by Liz Dolan explores children’s responses to death.

Rachael Hanel

Have Mercy

In this essay, a gravedigger’s daughter considers the meaning of mercy.

Barry Krammes, Christina Valentine

Diminutive Disasters Of Calamaties, Of Innocence, Of Passing, and Of Insanity

Barry Krammes’s work is reminiscent of the Old World, laden with stark bygones of stories that hold pain, suffering, and disaster. And yet, the meaning of these sculptural pieces of calamity, past, innocence, and insanity speak to each viewer in extraordinarily different ways.

Daniel J. Salinas

Lessons from My Daughter: Reflections on Life, Death, the Church, and Utilitarian Ethics

On November 23, 1993, my wife and I were suddenly thrown into an unknown country, the one of people with disabilities and their families.1 Our daughter Karis was born with cerebral palsy. All four hemispheres of her body suffered significant movement damage; she could not eat, get dressed, brush her teeth, comb her hair, or […]

Cara Strauss

Huddled against Death

Mourning death is dramatically different around the world, as is the care people need in the face of death.