What a doozy.

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We can all agree that 2020 was a dumpster fire. It legitimately started off on fire, with Australian wildfires, burning over 12 million acres. That feels like 10 years ago, doesn’t it?

Looking back on this year of loss, it feels like everyone seems to be grieving something. Whether you’ve lost things like routine, normalcy, jobs, or a tragic loss of a loved one, you are not alone. Each and every loss is significant, and there is no room here for comparative suffering.

I am not here to say that 2020 was a good year in any way, shape or…


My Dad died suddenly 3 weeks ago, and simultaneously saved 3 lives.

Dad and I, 1998. Photo by author, Natalie Merrill

Three weeks ago, my world stopped. My father, David, had a massive brain hemorrhage that he would not survive. He was 57. It was sudden. So sudden that our family had hung out all day earlier that day, laughing and eating and enjoying each other’s company. He left my mother, Margie (55), me (24) and my two younger sisters, Nina (22) and Hallie (13).

It was the worst day of our family’s life. …

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