Alica Forneret
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I can't make it better...

but I can make you dinner


I’m collecting recipes for people who want to help their friends, family, and coworkers eat their way through grief with good food. When my mom died, people brought over TONS of the two things that are easiest to bring last minute: casseroles and booze. Eventually, those things aren't all you need (though I feel like double whiskeys, enchiladas, and Gilmore Girls did a great job of getting me through those first few weeks) and it becomes important to help the grieving in different ways. 

Your recipe DOES NOT need to be professional or fancy, just tasty and meaningful. Maybe hot dogs and macaroni were all you could eat when your grandmother died, so that's what you bring friends whenever they lose someone. Or maybe potato chip casserole really IS what you'd consider a cure-all for the hard-hitting grief on a 10-year deathiversary. I trust, I trust, so send it over.

Please submit your recipe and story below or via email:

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Here’s a few categories your contributed recipe can fit into: 

  • Recipes that people can cook for a grieving friend 
  • Super simple recipes for things people can freeze and eat later 
  • Something from your culture/family that is related to death, grief, or funerals (does your family always eat a certain food at a wake?)
  • Healthy alternatives to casseroles and soups (so many to go around, let’s offer something different!) 
  • Cocktail recipes for grieving people (I'm not shying away from booze — anything fun, themed, or healing is welcome)
  • Recipes from a person in your family/circle that has died (one you would like to pass on and keep in the world ... and keep in bellies!)

Food is a central part of community and the grieving process, so the recipes will be posted on my blog, as well as distributed as a special new section of my reading list. This collection is to share with the many people I interact with that say, "I have NO idea what to do to help my grieving friend... but I really, really want to help."