These books and memoirs about losing a loved one helped me to laugh and cry through my grief. I hope they will help you, too. When my partner died of cancer, a fellow widower brought me a book that helped him through his own acute grief. He offered it in the hopes that it might …

This is my story of walking across Spain. This post was first published in The Columbian, my hometown newspaper. My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that …

Update April 2020: Thanks to all who contributed to the Cycle for Survival 2020 event. Our team raised $10,000 and teams nationwide raised $40 million for rare cancer research. THANK YOU. Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our former …

My love affair with the Loire Valley began the very first time I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France. It was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel …

This story isn’t about Vienna. As much as I loved the city, it was a backdrop for me. A place that my late partner loved; the place where I chose to spend what would have been our one-year anniversary had cancer not ended our love story too soon. But it is a story that is …

This self-guided walking tour of Budapest was designed by my partner. I walked in his footsteps just months after he died. It’s a beautiful tour and I highly recommend walking in his footsteps as I did. When Jeff was 39, he took a trip with his family to Europe. It would turn out to be …