Monthly Archives: April 2020

“In the Absence”: grieving for a beloved pet. AfterTalk Weekly 4.30.20

In the Absence by Annalee Van Kleeck This new song, is called “In the Absence” and was inspired by the recent loss of my beloved cat, Gadget, who had beaten cancer once through holistic therapies.  We managed to keep it at bay for three years, but it came back with a vengeance last Fall. I

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Coronavirus, Medicare, and Telemedicine: Everything You Need to Know

Editor’s Note: We are grateful to Boomer Benefits for this and past articles by Danielle K. Roberts. Since many of our readers are either seniors or those counseling seniors, we thought this excellent summary of the pandemic and medicare was worth sharing with all of you. A link to the Boomer Benefits site is at

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Love Song for Livie: AfterTalk Weekly 4.16.20

Love Song for Livie Nathan and Heather had a baby with Trisomy 18, also called Edwards Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, which is terminal. They were told to plan for her funeral when they went to have her in the hospital. They did not think she would live till her birth. Olivia did live. She defied

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Other Voices on Grieving During the Holidays 2020

In case you are tired of hearing from me about grieving during the holidays, I found some other voices you might want to listen to. Jamie Greenbaum writes most eloquently about her husband’s death from cancer. This article appears in the Huffington Post’s website and discusses her first Thanksgiving after her husband’s death. In her

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The impact of grief on health: A Widow’s cautionary tale

Take care of the one he/she loved: A Widow’s cautionary tale of the impact of grief on health: AKA: Strokes suck. By Louise McOrmond-Plummer In March 2019, my son was concerned that the left side of my face had drooped, and drove me to hospital, where CT scans revealed that I’d had an ischemic stroke.

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