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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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Understanding Your Grief Part 4

By Alan Wolfelt | November 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart Part 4 of 4 by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor’s note: This four-part series is excerpted and greatly condensed from the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s classic Understanding Your Grief, first published thirty years ago. The new edition, just published in September 2021, retains the original …

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Understanding Your Grief Part 3

By Alan Wolfelt | November 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart  Part 3 of 4 by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor’s note: This four-part series is excerpted and greatly condensed from the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s classic Understanding Your Grief, first published thirty years ago. The new edition, just published in September 2021, retains the original …

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Day of the Dead and Mexican-American Funeral Service Rituals

By Larry Lynn | November 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated November 2. On this day, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit their living family members. Many people celebrate this day by visiting the graves of deceased loved ones and setting up altars …

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Understanding Your Grief Part 2

By Alan Wolfelt | October 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart  Part 2 of 4 by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor’s note: This four-part series is excerpted and greatly condensed from the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s classic Understanding Your Grief, first published thirty years ago. The new edition, just published in September 2021, retains the original …

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Understanding Your Grief: Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

By Alan Wolfelt | October 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Part 1 of 4 by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor’s note: This four-part series is excerpted and greatly condensed from the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s classic Understanding Your Grief, first published thirty years ago. The new edition, just published in September 2021, retains the original bestseller’s compassionate content but adds concise passages on more …

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Eight Useful Tips for Writing Meaningful Sympathy Cards

By Pearl Holland | October 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  we get this question a lot. Also, many of those who have suffered loss are in a demographic that predicts we will know someone else who is bereaved.  by Pearl Holland A sympathy card or note is a message sent to someone who has recently lost a loved one. The purpose of a …

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FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE: An AfterTalk Inspirational Quote for Yom Kippur

By Larry Lynn | October 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE is a famous sermon given by Rabbi Kenneth Berger on Yom Kippur day in the fall of 1986. It was inspired by the crash of the Challenger space shuttle on January 28, 1986 and the subsequent revelation that the crew had likely survived the explosion and lived for another five minutes …

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Four Things to Know About Emotional Wellness and Suicide Prevention

By Melissa Howard | September 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Four Things to Know About Emotional Wellness and Suicide Prevention by Melissa Howard  Editor’s note: this piece is written by the founder of Stop Suicide (www.stopsuicide.info). Studies have shown that bereavement is associated with impaired mental health, increases in adverse health behaviors, and heightened risk of suicidal ideation, attempts, and death by suicide. For example, parental …

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