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Self-Care Habits for Seniors to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Social Isolation

By Melissa Howard | December 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: I thought this piece by Melissa Howard was especially relevant to the widows and widowers among our readers, or anyone who has suffered a loss and finds they have isolated themselves socially. This is, of course, exacerbated by the pandemic. As we get older, it becomes more important to focus on both our …

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Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Thomas Attig | November 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Attig I am sure that I am not alone in approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Years with sorrow in my heart over the death of a loved one.  I hope these reflections will provide guidance for reaching through the sorrows of loss in the coming season. During the holidays, the pain of …

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Grief During the Holidays: AfterTalk Weekly 11.17.21

By Larry Lynn | November 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

5 Ways I Learned to Deal With Grief During the Holidays by Dixie Lincoln-Nichols The end-of-year holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, were always the most beautiful, loving, and hopeful time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s not so much the case this year, and I’m working on enjoying the jingle bells ringing, the good times and singing, and …

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Supporting Students Coping With Grief: AfterTalk Weekly

By Emily Courtney | November 10, 2021 | 1 Comment

Supporting Students Coping With Grief Most people don’t want to think about the idea of death, let alone a young person having to cope with it. However, a study published in School Psychology Quarterly found that people are most likely to experience their first sudden loss during their youth—between the ages of 15 and 16.[1] …

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Day of the Dead and Mexican American Funeral Service Rituals

By Larry Lynn | November 3, 2021 | 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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Grief and the Pandemic: A view from abroad AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | October 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is an interesting presentation on Grief and the Pandemic from a German TV network, DW News. DW News is a global English-language news and information channel from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). Note the commentary on flu season about 3/4th of the way through. Let this serve as a reminder that we …

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Resilience is about falling into your own strength AfterTalk 10.20.21

By Jerri Clark | October 18, 2021 | 3 Comments

Editor: Although this is written for families of loved ones with serious mental illness, I agree with the author that her discussion of resilience is vital to those who have suffered a loss.  Hello, I have visited and appreciate your website and I get your emails. I participate in a variety of social media forums …

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Write a Letter to the Deceased and It Will Help You…AfterTalk Weekly

By Opal Miamoto | October 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Opal Miamoto Now that you are reading this, you want to know how to write a letter to a loved one who passed away. Whether you lost a loved one several years ago or recently, you have a unique grieving process. No two people are alike. And the grieving process never stops. You may …

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“Tell Me How to Grieve” AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 10.6.21

By Alan Wolfelt | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thoughts on Leaning on Ceremony After a Death During the Pandemic by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. This pandemic is replete with tragedy, but one Colorado story not far from my home has been weighing on my heart. In the Huffington Post on May 7, 2020, Mary Hagen Roberts published an essay about the death of …

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Natural Disasters and Grief: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 9.29.21

By Jessica Fender | September 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Natural Disasters: How Grief Can Help Us to Help Others? By Jessica Fender Introduction Natural disasters, such as tsunamis or tornadoes, are catastrophic events where people lose their properties, livelihoods, and in many cases their lives. If you happen to experience a severe natural disaster, you will remember it for the rest of your life. …

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