Pacinthe Mattar talks about how "shame and guilt move through my veins" when she missed the funerals of her grandmothers and uncles in Death Struck Where I Was Born, But Never Lived.
Adwoa Afful reflects on the passing of her grandmother and great-grandmother in On Death and Mourning From a Distance.
After 40 years in Toronto, Septembre Anderson's relatives still grieve using Trinidadian mourning rituals. She talks about the death of her uncle in Nine Nights and Forty Days.
Renee Sylvestre-Williams toured the mausoleums of New Orleans' Garden District during Halloween. She wandered through the cemetery and came back with a gallery of haunting photos.
In God Lives in India, Vivek Shraya writes about love, faith, disillusionment, and the death of his personal God, the multifaith guru Sai Baba.
Perhaps it happens in many cultures, but Helen Mo has only seen Asian and South Asian families hide death and illness from older relatives. "With one act, it’s possible to both love and disrespect," she writes in Don't Tell Grandma.
Rawiya Kameir explains the Sudanese ritual of beit el-bikka for In the House of Crying, a dramatic display of grief that first annoyed, then comforted, her.
In A Way of Death, Heather Li describes why her annual visit to her family graves is actually kind of fun.
The Joy Issue // Fall 2017