A heartbreaking story set in post-apocalyptic, underwater Brooklyn

We've been eagerly awaiting Joe Russ' post-apocalyptic short film Fathoms, about two people and a cat struggling to survive in the flooded ruins of New York. Now the film has arrived, and it's not just about coping with various hazards, but also about finding the will to survive in the face of overwhelming grief. » 3/05/14 4:02pm 3/05/14 4:02pm

To bring a puppy home is to initiate a "countdown to sorrow"

Or so says Louis C.K. Parents, after all, rarely expect to outlive their children – but most pet owners acknowledge on some level that they will probably live to see their animals pass away. Still, many of us sincerely regard our pets as family. How, then, do we cope with the loss of these loved ones? » 11/21/13 2:40pm 11/21/13 2:40pm

How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 7:00am 6/16/13 7:00am

Is This Dingo Mother Mourning Her Dead Pup?

In recent years we've seen a number of animals, including elephants, giraffes and chimpanzees, "grieve" over deceased group members. But canids are notably — and surprisingly — absent from the list of mourners. For the first time, researchers have now documented a wild dingo mother showing "care-giving behavior"… » 4/05/13 12:31pm 4/05/13 12:31pm