My father, the poet Francis "Butch" Macansantos, passed away unexpectedly last July. Two weeks after coming home to the Philippines for his funeral, I wrote an essay about the difficulties of grieving when a parent's death is sudden and unexpected. I also talk about how the mourning process can be complicated by the cultural divide one encounters when coming home to the Philippines after an extended period overseas. It was a tough piece to write, but necessary for my healing. Thanks to the wonderful Addie Tsai, "Learning to Grieve" has found a home in The Grief Diaries where it was made Special Feature in their latest issue. I am grateful for the honor. You can read the essay here and access the full issue here.
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