Your Mean Comments Are Hurting People

The internet is forever. What will you leave behind?

Jacqueline Dooley
8 min readFeb 25

Illustration by Emily Dooley and Jacqueline Dooley

The meanest comment I ever got was a response to an essay I published in the Washington Post on the first anniversary of my daughter’s death. The commenter had written, “what was the point of this article?” and went on to berate me for my decision to have children.

Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss