What comes next when the ending isn’t happy?

Everything I love about happy endings is represented in the following brief montage of “cheating death” moments from a few of my favorite movies.

It’s about ET, whose heart light went out, but was (immediately) rekindled by the love of the boy…

How a 4th grade science project taught me to write about the moon.

October 1, 2010 | 3:30 pm | Last Quarter Phase

My daughter arrives home from school with a slim notebook covered with photos that represent the night — owls, a gibbous moon cut from white paper, a…

According to the American Cancer Society, about 600 adolescents, aged 15 to 19, die from cancer each year.

In 2017, my daughter, Ana, was one of them.

Ana was sick for four and a half years. During most of that time, even as her cancer progressed, I didn’t think that…

Why I’m giving myself the permission to nap.

I love taking naps, but I’ve always been ashamed to admit it. Before I struggled daily with grief, I napped only occasionally and mostly on weekends.

In the five years since my daughter died, I’ve taken a nap almost every day. I…

Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent, occasional poet. Lover of birds, mushrooms, trees, the world’s tiniest poodle, and my wildly talented kid. #gogold

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