Here’s how to do­nate to the museum. Head to bro­ken­ships.com and fill out the on­line form. Once you re­ceive in­struc­tions by email, write your story and mail your item. Although the do­na­tions re­main anony­mous, the feel­ing of let­ting go can be cathar­tic.

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While the relics may not quite hit home for my boyfriend, they force me to think about my own bro­ken re­la­tion­ship—a long-dis­tance ro­mance with a Hem­ing­way in­car­nate that ended abruptly four years ago. Af­ter the ini­tial shock, I packed the ru­ins of the whirl­wind six-month long-dis­tancer—a dried bou­ton­niere, let­ters writ­ten in boy­ish scrib­ble and 500 green M&Ms (don’t ask)—into a wooden box (which my mother dubbed “a lit­tle cof­fin”) and shipped them to my ex in Bos­ton. I wanted some sort of clo­sure so badly that I even paid for track­ing. Had I known about the museum, I would have sent this small emo­tional legacy to Croa­tia in­stead.

Once I’m back home in Toronto, my mind keeps flash­ing back to the museum—to the plas­tic ham­burger toy, the cham­pagne cork and the name­less, lovesick ex­hi­bi­tion­ists who sent them in. Just like with a re­la­tion­ship, the feel­ings linger long af­ter I say good­bye. I guess some of us need to bare our breakups in or­der to bear them.

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