Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mysterious Moments: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.31.17

Mysterious Moments–Narratives and Grief Several years ago, I heard a grief story that, like a song repeating in my mind, refused to leave my thoughts or feelings.  It occurred when I was visiting a friend’s elderly mother in her assisted-living apartment.  On the wall close to her recliner was a portrait of her adorable eighteen-month-old

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A Widow’s Understanding…AfterTalk Inspirational 8.24.17

From This Day Forward:  A Widow’s Understanding of Continuing Bonds By Louise McOrmond-Plummer The loss of Ken, my beloved husband of thirty years, to cancer in 2016 was so devastating that I am persuaded that the grief may, in varying degrees, be lifelong. However, the speed with which advice to “Let go and Move on”

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A Letter to Myself: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.17.17

A Letter To Myself Dear Peggy, Your David is gone.  You have experienced an immeasurable loss. Never before have you felt such deep emotional and gut wrenching pain.  Keep in mind use of the word ‘experienced.’   Use that word instead of ‘suffered’ because you don’t want to get stuck in ‘suffering.’  ‘Suffering’ is not the

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I Lost My Wife: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.10.17

Editor’s note: this was written in response to the essay “The “D” Word by Peggy Amler published by AfterTalk on July 20th of this year. Here is a link to the essay: The “D” Word: AfterTalk Inspirational for 7.20.17 “I Lost My Wife…” by Rick Drew I really understand your complex feeling. I lost my

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Like a Child: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.3.17

Like A Child By Peggy Amler I’ve borne this entity. It is basically healthy and normal, I am told. But it is new to me and I am unsure of how to handle it. It requires attention. It begs to be listened to. It needs to be heard. It is relying on me for being

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