The RememberGrams Blog is a place for you to come and find understanding, validation, and a sense of community while you navigate loss.  Whether you are deep in grief from a recent loss, years out from a loss that affected you deeply, or just wanting to support a friend as they walk their own path, I hope you can find something useful here. 


Who am I and what makes me the expert? 

Absolutely nothing makes me (or anyone else) the expert on your grief or grief in general.  Loss is personal, and so is our response. 

My name is Mandy, and this writing reflects my own experiences with grief, loss, coping, and healing.  My mom died suddenly a few days after my 26th birthday, and her death was a lesson and journey into the darkest places of my heart. Climbing out of that was a transformation from who I was before her death to who I became after.  Eight years later, my youngest brother died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose at 23.  The experiences of losing them have shaped me in ways I have only begun to untangle.  Each loss was painfully similar in some ways and entirely different in others.   

Every topic I write about here comes from my own lens of lived experiences, and I invite you to take with you what resonates and leave what does not serve you.  You have your own story to dig deep into as you become the expert of your own grief. 


Our Blog Posts

April 24, 2021
The Objects We Keep and Their Unassuming Value

We all know our society is materialistic, and it is widely recognized as a negative.  We know we should value experiences over things.  We should value people over things.  Objects and clothes don’t make the list when we talk about what is most important to us.  After all, things are just that- things. I agree […]

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April 21, 2021
How to Convert iPhone Live Photos to Video (and why it is so Amazing)

I'm not sure who needs to know this, but learning how to convert iPhone live photos to video has been one of my favorite tricks I have learned when it comes to using my iPhone. I don’t remember where or when I learned this could be done, but once I knew, I went back and […]

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April 21, 2021
The Power Of Quiet Companionship

It was a bright sunny summer day when I stepped off the edge of light and fell into a dark sinkhole with the uttering of three little words over the phone. "Baby, she died." It happened that quickly. One moment I was walking out of my bedroom, and as I crossed the threshold to the […]

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April 21, 2021
The Other Stage of Grief- Searching

We all know the proposed and disputed stages of grief. In fact, they may be the only acceptable topic surrounding grief in our society because they seem to fit so neatly into a prescribed order and timeline.  We love the concept of stages because it has order.  We reject the complex mess of emotions and […]

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April 21, 2021
Grief Math and the Strangeness of Time

We all joke about how we never really use math in our everyday adult lives, not in the ways we would have imagined while learning it every day in school growing up. When I really consider it, the times I use math the most are with two things- running and grief. Why my brain insists […]

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