Surgery, and the death of a beloved pet.
Losing a grandparent.
Opting out of the school-stress Olympics.
A goodbye from Marah.
Even when you know someone you love is dying, there is no way to prepare for it at all.
Just being in a good friend’s presence can help clear foggy dreariness.
A Twitter friend passes away.
At the end of innocence.
Feeling my way through drug dependence and grief.
Remembering Prince, and solace via Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
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