_____ – n. season of an indeterminate length where mental fogginess overwhelms and undermines a person in the aftermath of trauma:
_____ – n. someone who has been resuscitated multiple times:
The _____  has lost track of how many times he has overdosed. Several of his family members reluctantly admit that they have already begun to _____  for him.
_____– v. to pre-grieve or to experience anticipatory grief:
When she attended the funeral for a friend’s father, she noticed that she was imagining her own life as a semi_____. Was this empathy or was she _____ing her own father as a way to mitigate anticipated pain?
_____ – n. morbid curiosity about the person who killed someone that you knew:
On nights when she could not sleep, her _____ would prompt her to google the name of the person who killed her parents.
_____ – n. an uninformative or vague obituary often about a younger person who died in a mass tragedy:
Mass shootings, bombings, and other disasters must be overwhelming for obituary writers especially when children are involved. Our templates for tributes are designed for adults and to develop something beyond an _____ takes significantly more time and creativity.
_____  – v. to pre-record or write a message to be shared after your death:
Her mother _____  ed multiple videos to be played on _____  s during the first year after her death and at__________ that she wished she could attend. She played the one for her wedding for all the guests at the end of the traditional toasts.
_____ – n. deluge of paperwork that occurs after someone dies:
There is something so soul crushing about answering the same questions over and over again as mourners wade through the _____. Encountering _____ along the way can sink you for at least a week or more.
_____ – v. to awkwardly adjust verb tenses after a person dies:
The early stages of grieving where almost every conversation stalled while she _____ed reminded her of the awkwardness, frustration, and embarrassment of learning to drive a stick shift.
_____ – n. milestone or important event that the deceased will not be able to attend:
When a _____  graduates from college is one of the painful _____ s that people often do not anticipate.
_____ – v. [rare] to mix cremains into ceramic glaze so that they can decorate an object instead of being contained by one:
It was unclear whether her desire to have her ashes _____ed would prove to be a _____. Perhaps it was just a matter of finding a willing potter.
_____ – v. [rare] to be entombed in a boulder
He had always planned to have his ashes scattered from a cliff until noticed a plaque along his favorite hiking path that described a man _____ed at the scenic overview. His children wished that he had investigated how to accomplish this _____  before he had it added to his will.
_____  – n. dying wish or posthumous request that is absurdly challenging or impossible to fulfill:
The aaaaaaaaas wished that there was a way to send a message to their parents when they had accomplished the _____ . In spite of all ridiculous obstacles and challenges working against them, they had repaired their relationship.
_____  – v. to face the person/people responsible for the death of a loved one or loved ones:
When she finally _____  in court, she wondered how he could bear the _____ of so many people.
_____ – 1. v. to jumpstart a car with a hearse;
2. v. to believe that someone is alive in the midst of the _____ only to remember they are dead when you wake;
The young semi_____ hated going to sleep even when she didn’t have nightmares. Each morning when she _____ed, she felt as thought she lost her father again and again and again.
_____  – n. person who loses a spouse and at least one child, including an unborn child, in the same horrific event:
He wished that he could easily explain to people that he was a _____ instead of a widower so that people would be less inclined to offer _____ s about how lucky he was not to have children.
anti_____ – n. place where grieving is not accepted, comfortable, or safe:
After reading the _____’s tweet about how so much of the world felt like an anti_____, she wanted to create city maps identifying all the _____’s. Imagine how lovely it would be to look up directions to the nearest aaaaaaaon your phone when something _____s you in a public place.
Installation based illustration of an anti_____ at the Artist and Location exhibit at CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea.
_____– 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 _____ both to _____ and to simply let their own sorrow for other losses surface.
Installation based illustration of _____ at the Artist and Location exhibit at CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea.
_____ – v. to author your own obituary:
She _____ed to ease the burden on her son who struggled to write confidently even under the best of circumstances.
_____– n. eulogy that evokes the uniqueness of the deceased:
The first time he heard a _____ instead of a _____ , he was astounded by its ability to make his own grief seem more logical and how connected he felt to the other mourners.
_____  – n. unsolvable puzzle left in the wake of a tragedy:
When his wife left the house that morning, her last words were, “I will be your substitute today.” For the rest of his life, he wrestled with the _____  of wondering if his wife had some premonition that she would die and he would survive the bombing of Hiroshima.
Closing the Door, a Haiku written by Mark Dimor illustrating _____ 
One day arm and arm
We left home and closed the door
You never returned
Originally published on the Donna, the book, blog
Mark’s book, Donna, A Photo Memoir of Love and Loss, is a narrative of a marriage focusing on the journey from his wife’s terminal diagnosis to her death in August 2011.
_____ – v. to draw strength or comfort from the memory of someone who has died by wearing the deceased’s clothing:
The _____ realized that he wore the same sized shoes as his son when he picked up his son’s belongings from the school. While he could not _____ the shoes his son was wearing when he was killed because they were aaaaaaaaaed, he began to select other shoes from his son to _____ on _____s, to meet with families of other school shooting victims, and to advocate for laws to prevent similar tragedies.
I highly recommend viewing Penny’s website documenting her show LOSS: An Exhibit of Quilts from August 20-26, 2016. Her quilts eloquently investigate the process of grieving for her son, Jeremy Gold Amor, who died in July 2004.
kK: I noticed on the memorial page for Jeremy that you included a recording of his voice. Many people discuss a fear of forgetting the sound of someone’s voice. Other people talk about fear of forgetting that way someone smelled. Were there other visceral things that you wanted to preserve or were able to preserve?
Penny Gold: I know many people wonder what to do with clothing, those physical items in such close contact with the body of the beloved. After my mother died (16 months before my son), I kept the items of clothing and jewelry that I thought I would use myself (we were close to the same size), and I wore something of hers each day for a year. I still have several things that I wear from time to time; what I couldn’t wear, I gave away to Goodwill. I thought I would do the same with Jeremy’s clothing, but he was bigger than me, and there was little I could wear. Soon after the funeral, when his close friends were at the house, I let them each choose something from his clothing. What was hanging in his closet at the time of his death, I left there, and it remains there still. The rest I packed away in a large suitcase in the attic. I can’t bring myself to give any of it away, and really, there is no reason to.
At some point after Jeremy’s death, I purchased a large wooden jewelry box, and I have put there a miscellaneous collection of various small objects from Jeremy’s life, kind of like a reliquary. His wallet, some Magic cards, special photos, his baby teeth, and other things. The box sits on a dresser in the corner of my bedroom; I like having it there.
_____ – n. (usually plural) holiday, anniversary, or other annual event that becomes unbearably painful because of someone’s death:
The widow told her that early June was overloaded with _____s, the anniversary of her husband’s death, their wedding anniversary, and Father’s day.