Yearly Archives: 2017

Home Burial: AfterTalk Inspirational 11.16.17

Home Burial Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963 He saw her from the bottom of the stairs Before she saw him. She was starting down, Looking back over her shoulder at some fear. She took a doubtful step and then undid it To raise herself and look again. He spoke Advancing toward her: ‘What is it you see From

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Are You There? AfterTalk Inspirational 11.9.17

Are You There? by Stephanie J. DeMartino Hello, are you there? How am I supposed to look forward to each day? How am I supposed to live and be happy? You’re not here with me The pain of losing you still hurts too much since you’ve been gone I can’t shake it no matter what

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Get Busy Living: AfterTalk Inspirational 11.2.17

I was sitting in the office of New York City’s preeminent gynecological oncological surgeons when he brought up a quotation that had been mentioned to him, one he shares with both cancer survivors and the survivors of a cancer death: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice–get busy living or get busy dying.”

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Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief

Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief From the Washington Post, May 2015 Perhaps more than any other American politician, we have a sense of how Joe Biden processes grief. The vice president, who is mourning the loss of his 46-year-old son, Beau, today, has lived through unimaginable tragedy. His first wife and 13-month-old-daughter, Naomi, died in

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Carrying On: AfterTalk Inspirational 10.19.17

[Carrying On Editor’s Note: I usually prefer longer quotes, poems, etc. for AfterTalk Inspirational Weeklies, but this one resonated for me as something that everyone who has experienced a profound loss would understand.]   Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were

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