Mark Liebenow

Mark Liebenow's writings on grief have been published or are forthcoming in journals like The Manifest-Station, Modern Loss, Refuge in Grief, Open to Hope, The Citron Review, River Teeth, Chautauqua, and Under the Sun. His account of hiking in Yosemite to deal with his wife's death, Mountains of Light, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. His essays have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and named a notable essay by Best American Essays 2012. His grief website is Twitter @MarkLiebenow2. Contact Mark at

The Personal Paradigm Shift of the Past Perfect

The perfect past. What I had in the past. It was perfect. Well, not perfect, but really good. Surprising. Magical. And often challenging as I...