_____[185]– n. place where grieving is expected or where it is safe and comfortable to grieve:

When they happened upon a memorial for David Bowie outside his home on Lafayette Street, they appreciated having a _____[185] both to _____[59] and to simply let their own sorrow for other losses surface.

Women's bathroom door with marker that identifies it as a safe place to grieve.

Installation based illustration of _____[185] at the Artist and Location exhibit at CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea.


_____[90]– n. sensation of upward motion when someone’s spirit leaves their body:

Her uncle sprang up from his chair when her grandmother exhaled for the last time as if he had been propelled by the_____[90].


a_____[148] – n. donated organ that can survive being recycled to multiple recipients:

The _____[49] was devastated when heard that one of her _____[85]-children was killed in a car accident. The news made her feel as though her daughter died another death. You can imagine how stunned she was when she learned that her daughter’s kidney was one of the first _____[148]s and that it extended the life of another young father.


_____[105] – n. overfull or overwhelmed morgue:

Who is looking out for the mental wellbeing of death care industry workers in sections of the country with _____ [105]s caused by opioid overdose deaths? How are we going to support them when those areas get hit by this pandemic?


_____[98] – n. tragedy that inspires people to get married or get pregnant:

He was surprised to discover that hurricanes and other natural disasters can be _____[55]s whereas many man made catastrophes are more often _____[98]s.


_____[128] – v. to preserve a deceased person’s room or belongings exactly as the person left them:

They were memorized by the black and white photography series, Bedrooms of the Fallen by Ashley Gilbertson, documenting families who _____[128]ed a soldier’s bedroom.


_____[102] – n. secret that dies with someone:

Her great grandmother apparently kept more_____[102]s than anyone had realized. Several decades after her death when public records went online, they discovered many surprising questions about her past. For instance,  who had fathered her first child?


_____[87] – n. generation of artists and mentors lost to a tragic event:

It can be difficult to measure the enormity of the_____[87]from the AIDS crisis because the stigma of the disease encouraged family members to _____[46] in obituaries and other public records.


_____[15] – n. one who outlives their twin:

_____[15]s face even more unique challenges than aaaaaaaaa[41]s especially if they were identical. In addition to losing a person who has been with them since conception, they must look in the mirror and see a dead person’s likeness. Their grief and isolation can be increased if friends and family members avoid or shun them because the resemblance is too similar.


_____[145] – n. remarried widow or widower:

It irritated the _____ [145] that once he remarried, people thought his grief for his first wife was somehow erased.


anti_____ [101] – n. loss that elicits contempt, anger or scorn from others

The _____[41]’ s grief was decreed to be an anti_____ [101] by her uncle who insisted that she _____[62] or not at all.


_____[134] – n. last meal with someone:

If their daughter could have predicted that this would be their _____[134], would she have dawdled so long in the furniture store before meeting them?


_____[147] – n. someone who survives the deaths of multiple spouses:

The_____[74] was bewildered by which details to put on her mother’s tombstone or where to bury her. As a _____[147] who had two late husbands and one current “companion”, there were many options but none of them felt comfortable.


_____[100] – n. first funeral you ever attend:

Another researcher emphasized that people in Black communities tend to be significantly younger than their White counterparts when they attend their _____[100] because of the inescapable violence these communities face.


_____[119]– n. weight of knowing that you took someone’s life:

When she read about a two year-old who accidentally shot and killed his brother, she wondered how the_____[41] would process the_____[119] later in life.


_____[60]– n. volunteer pallbearer for a aaaa[73] (most commonly a veteran):

His experience as a _____[60] in high school encouraged him to volunteer to aaaaaaaaaa[54] after he graduated from college and made him more comfortable around death.


_____[73] – n. person without any living family or friends who dies without any mourners:

The _____[60] was saddened that she knew so little about the homeless veteran they were burying who was a _____[47] of his military unit as well as a _____[73].


_____[47] – n. the last surviving member of a group or family:

Can you imagine how isolated you would feel if you were the _____ [47] speaker of a language on the brink of extinction?


_____[11]  – n. mourning ritual where a person does not throw away anything that belonged to the deceased: 

Even though the house is filled with objects, photos, and smells that_____[12], both siblings were adhering to their family’s unspoken_____[11].


_____[279]  – n. feeling of isolation or disconnection caused by wanting to be with other mourners but being unable to travel to memorial services because of finances, work, school, immigration status, imprisonment, quarantine, etc:

A few months after his sister’s death, the _____[41]‘s father died but he could not afford to fly back to South America again. Intense waves of _____[279] overwhelmed him until he was able to visit his father’s grave.


_____[54]  – v. to comfort a dying stranger: 

The _____[39] ’s guilt about her partner dying alone prompted her to volunteer to _____ [54] at a local hospital.


_____ [70] – v. to lose a fundamental part or parts of your identity:

_____[49]s of an only child _____[70] that many people do not acknowledge or understand.


aaaaaa[142] – n. the song that you sing when the deal gets so bad:

When she heard the_____ [39] discuss his _____ [142], she wished that she had one to comfort her. There were songs that brought up _____[184], and others that _____ [12]ed her but none that rallied her spirits the way he described.


_____[184]– n. cherished memory you fear will change if you play it too often:

He feared that the memory of first morning that they woke in their house would rapidly become a _____ [157] . Consequently, he would only let his mind savor this _____[184] on _____[58]s.


_____[55]– n. tragedy that inspires people to get divorced:

Becoming a _____[49] is very frequently a _____[55].


_____[71] v. to lose track of who is alive and who is dead

Each morning when she woke up alone, she would _____[71] and begin the day sobbing as she tried to remember who was still alive in her family.