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What the CDC Suggests about COVID19 and Grieving: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

What the CDC Suggests about COVID19 and Grieving Many people are experiencing grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grief is a normal response to loss during or after a disaster or other traumatic event. Grief can happen in response to loss of life, as well as to drastic changes to daily routines and ways of life

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A Tribute to Congressman John Lewis: AfterTalk Weekly 8.6.20

Editor: This is the last written work by the great Rep. John Lewis, and following it is a video of President Obama’s eulogy. Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation By John Lewis While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days

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During COVID-19, VITAS Understands…AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

During COVID-19, VITAS Understands & Supports Those Grieving a Sudden Loss By Robby Bolden, MDiv For many people, dying is a time of turning inward, of drawing near to those who matter most and sharing deeply meaningful, human moments. On both sides of the bed, the mood may oscillate between deep loneliness and the most

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Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Pandemic: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 7/29/20

by Anne Galt Saying goodbye to a beloved animal companion is hard at the best of times. But now, with so much isolation and uncertainty, the loss of that familiar comforting presence can seem unbearable. How can you cope when so much of normal life is already turned upside down? Much of the country is

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Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

By Gregory Smith, MD I first published these thoughts on 9-11-09. I thought I would share them with you again today in 2020 in a different context that is no less serious, traumatic and important to us and our mental health as Americans. In the first iteration of this column, I reflected on the tragedy

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