Month: August 2022

The Seesaw of Resilience and Vulnerability: AfterTalk Weekly

The Seesaw of Resilience and Vulnerability It’s this back-and-forth of grief that provides momentum for the journey.   Editor’s Note: this article originally appeared in TAPS Magazine. TAPS Magazine is dedicated to America’s fallen heroes and their surviving families and friends. This explains the military references. For more on TAPS, see below. By Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. …

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Tips for Healing After Your Beloved Pet Dies: AfterTalk Weekly

Tips for Healing After Your Beloved Pet Dies by Linda Donovan It wasn’t until I got a dog that I truly understood why dogs have been referred to as our best friends. Your pet can give you unconditional love every day. (Well, sometimes you need to throw in a few treats, but who’s counting?)  And …

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Navigating Preemptive Grief: Preparing for the Death of a Loved One

Navigating Preemptive Grief: Preparing for the Death of a Loved One We usually associate the grieving process with a loved one that has already passed away. Their absence leaves a hole in our lives we struggle to adjust to, as we certainly can’t fill it. Yet, there are times we can start to experience grief …

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Grieving and Mourning–a crucial distinction: AfterTalk Weekly

Grieving vs. Mourning: People tend to use the two words interchangeably. But there is a crucial distinction. By Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD. I often remind myself that there is no love without loss. And there is no integration of loss without the experience of mourning. Your capacity to love requires the necessity to mourn. To …

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Dealing with emotional triggers after loss: weddings, birthdays, and other events

Dealing with emotional triggers after loss — weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other events The first year after a loss is particularly difficult because you’re bombarded with so many changes, and you’re not sure how certain milestones (your anniversary, birthdays, holidays, etc.) or other situations will become emotional triggers. If you’re prepared, however, you can turn …

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