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Patton Oswalt’s Touching Letter A Year After His Wife’s Death Beautifully Reveals His Battle With Grief

“I’m one year into this new life — one I never even imagined”

One year ago, comedian Patton Oswalt came home from dropping his daughter off at school to learn that his wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, had died in her sleep. At that moment, his life changed in every way. While struggling to adjust to the changes of being a single parent, he also wrestled with losing the love of his life.

He’s been very forthright about his struggle with grief during this time, sharing his experiences with the world—not just for his own sake, but for the sake of the countless others who are experiencing tragic upheavals in their lives.


On the one-year anniversary of his wife’s passing, he penned a message on Facebook to serve as a sort of update and retrospective on what he’s gone through and where he is.

It’s at once touching, funny, and beautiful.

Oswalt is still far from whole 12 months later, but he’s moving forward—slowly, painfully, and diligently. As he describes in the writing below, he’s doing it for himself, his daughter Alice, and for his wife.