“What I love” project for grief

6 min readFeb 18
Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash

The week before my daughter died, she asked me to compile a list of 100 things I love — and why. She gave explicit instructions.

She had a septic blood infection and was fading fast, so honestly, I think she forgot why she asked me to do this. She didn’t bring it up again. But I’m glad I did it because it was a good exercise for thinking about what brings me joy in a time of deep grief.


I am an assistant principal at a small middle school. I care deeply about people and I like to find solutions if I can. Life is hard. Let's be kind