Thank you for your interest in submitting a grief recipe story. It’s common to connect with deceased loved ones through food – whether it’s in saving handwritten recipes, cooking traditional foods at the holidays, or in fond memories of cooking together.
What’s Your Grief is excited to explore the ways people honor, remember, and continue bonds with their loved ones through cooking, baking, and food.
Grief recipe stories are a regular feature on the What’s Your Grief website. What this means is that we post and feature these stories in a special section on the site. We will also share many of the stories and recipes on social media and link them in our weekly email.
Submissions should include:
- A short reflection (roughly 300-800 words)
- A photograph (old or new)
- A specific recipe and instructions
If you are still interested in submitting, then please read on.
We invite you to approach your reflection however you like. Some may choose to write about memories of their loved one cooking in the kitchen. Others may choose to write about what it’s like to recreate their loved one’s recipe in the here-and-now. There are no rules beyond the approximate word count.
We’re asking you to include a detailed recipe as a part of your submission. That said, we are open to all recipes no matter how simple, common, or unique! Even if you thought your aunt’s jello casserole was blech!, that’s a story we want to hear. So please don’t hesitate to submit simply because you’re worried you don’t have the greatest recipe.
Finally, please do not submit pieces that have been posted in their entirety on another site. We understand you may have shared the recipe elsewhere or even written about it some. That’s okay, in these instances just please make sure the reflection you provide us is unique.
How to Submit:
Please submit materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the body of your email, please include:
- Your name as you would like it to appear in the article. You are free to share only your first name if that is your preference.
- Any relevant bio information (a few sentences). You do not have to share any additional information about yourself. However, we are happy to include a few sentences about your background if you like. Please also let us know if you would like us to link to your website.
- The name of your dish and if it is specific to a certain time of year or holiday. We will do our best to post recipes with corresponding holidays, but we cannot guarantee. If your recipe is specific to a holiday, please submit it at least 1- 2 weeks beforehand so we can make plans for sharing.
Please attach to your email:
A document that includes:
- A reflection or story (approx 300-800 words)
- A recipe including ingredients and detailed instructions
- Photos may be new or old or a combination of both
- Please make sure photos are of good quality. We realize old photos may not be the best quality and that’s okay. Really, what we most want to avoid is blurry, poor quality camera phone pictures.
Though we’ve tried to provide guidelines, we are generally pretty flexible so please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or difficulties regarding the submission process.