Senior Cooper Davenport’s mother died from COVID this year. Senior Nick Arnold lost his brother to suicide. The Tribe Tribune staff reached out to both young men to see how they were doing. Cooper said grieving felt “like being homesick to a person.” Nick said, “Don’t expect to get over it quickly. They try, but my friends just don’t understand how I’m feeling.” As we discussed the topic of loss in the newsroom, we realized that two of our staff members were also dealing with grief. Sophomore Reagan Glidewell was sliding back into depression three years after her mom’s death. Senior Macayla Short was still carrying raw emotions from her mom’s recent death. Despite their pain, both reporters felt compelled to tell their stories. They hope others will see they are not alone. We’re grateful for their brave honesty.