June 2021

For Father’s Day..John McCain’s Daughter’s Eulogy: AfterTalk 6.23.21

For Father’s day, I couldn’t think of a more eloquent statement of love and respect for a father than Meghan’s eulogy of her father–LL Meghan McCain at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC   For video, click HERE “The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for, and I hate very much to leave […]

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When Grief and Coronavirus Collide: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

When Grief and Coronavirus Collide BY MARY JANE HURLEY BRANT When Grief and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) collide, we feel like we’ll collapse. The Coronavirus is not only serious, it’s a pandemic. Like grief, COVID-19 is powerful, persistent and painful; it makes us fearful. Grief has already made us more vulnerable so this is a rough combination.

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How To Write a Bereavement Leave Letter: AfterTalk Weekly 6.16.21

How To Write a Bereavement Leave Letter by Jessica Fender  In times of global pandemic, it became challenging to pay a last in-person tribute to the ones you’ve lost. However, the current state of affairs with COVID-19 is getting better. Lifting of travel and gathering restrictions gives people a chance to be present at funerals

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Summer’s End–Loss of a Sibling- AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 6.2.21

Summer’s End STORY BY TATUM SCHROEDER   In my youth, summer swept in She planted a flower for me over yonder On the hill where I watch for the dawn— Where bleached bliss and sanitized memories will one day ponder.   In those days the sun was bright No fear of famine or drought No

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When Families Say “We’ll Have a Funeral Service Later”

Editor’s note regarding When Families Say “We’ll Have a Service Later”: I thought this was relevant for many, not just those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, but to those unable to conduct a traditional funeral. I recently lost an extraordinary friend, and had to experience yet another Zoom memorial service, and Zoom

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