Fatherly is a digital lifestyle brand that provides news, expert advice, product recommendations and other resources for parents. Founded in 2015 and based in New York City, its content covers every topic from school shootings and gun control to education and parenting tips. Their reach on social media surpasses well over three million people and their site is viewed by at least a million visitors every month.

My Father's Final Lesson


My first piece with Fatherly, this story explores the depths that death can sink you to and the power of time, family, and reflection. This narrative, set in the wintry West Texas plains in December of 2016, takes you through a midnight drive where I listened to a recording of my last true conversation with my dad before he passed away from cancer. Although I'd avoided listening to it for over a year, I found that facing my fears was as cathartic as it was educational.