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COMPANIONING: Tenet One-is about being present to another person’s pain…

By Alan Wolfelt | January 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain. by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. To be bereaved literally means to be “torn apart.” When someone is torn apart, there is a natural need to embrace the heartfelt pain of the loss. There is no pill we can …

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COMPANIONING Is About Curiosity

By Alan Wolfelt | January 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “Real understanding is a creative mixture of certainty and unknowing. The trick is to know when you don’t understand.” ~ Thomas Moore  Curiosity for the companion is about being willing to enter into and learn about the mystery of grief while recognizing you do not and cannot fully understand someone …

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COMPANIONING AS A REFLECTION OF LOVE

By Alan Wolfelt | January 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. It was Thomas Moore who observed, “Our science and technologies approach life as a problem to be solved.” This made me reflect on the reality that our therapies approach grief as a pathology to be cured. My hope is that you agree with me that it is time to face …

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Grieving for a Hero: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | January 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Editors Note: As we approach another “anniversary” of the January 6th riot, we want to again recognize the murder of officer Brian D. Sicknick. Here’s what we said last year and an update:  “We have three pandemics sweeping the world: COVID-19, Climate Change, and Hatred. Two years ago the third of those took the like …

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New Year’s Grieving Resolutions: AfterTalk Weekly

By Larry Lynn | December 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

There are several suggested New Year’s resolutions for the grieving. This one is from Hospice of the Red River Valley: I resolve to not place time limits on my grief; it will take as long as it takes. I resolve to acknowledge my grief as my own—that it is as individual as I am—and will take shape …

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Continuing bonds and making deceased loved ones a part of holiday seasons

By Louise McOrmond-Plummer | December 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

By Louise McOrmond Plummer Since my beloved husband Ken’s death in 2016, Christmas has, for the most part, felt pretty ordinary. Being that we are now leading up to the 6th Christmas, one might suppose that I have become used to it, but the truth is, it still hurts, and at the risk of sounding like …

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When To Seek Professional Help for Your Grieving

By Beau Peters | December 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Knowing When To Seek Professional Help for Your Grieving By Beau Peters Everyone goes through the grieving process at some point in life. Losing a loved one is never easy, and grieving is normal and healthy. However, there are stages of grief for a reason. Being able to move through those stages is essential. Unfortunately, …

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Pearl Harbor: Eleanor Roosevelt Consoles a Nation: AfterTalk Inspirational

By Larry Lynn | December 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

The first public figure to speak to the American People about Pearl Harbor was not President Roosevelt, but his wife, First Lady Eleanor during her weekly radio broadcast. In her remarks she let the nation in on what was going on in Washington at that moment—and spoke specifically to the women of America, who might …

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Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice

By Melissa Howard | November 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice Most of us shy away from the idea of mortality. People who enter hospice care typically have run out of treatment options and have difficult decisions to make about end-of-life care. Hospice is a sensitive, caring service dedicated to making clients as comfortable …

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Healing Your Holiday Grief

By Alan Wolfelt | November 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If you could go back in time and relive a special holiday, which one would you choose? Close your eyes for a moment and think about this holiday. Now, slowly, walk through this memory in your mind. What made it so special? What were the surroundings like? Who inhabits this …

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