Category Archives: Death of a Hero

Thank You For Your Service:AfterTalk Inspirational 6.6.19

Editor’s Note: in honor of D-Day, we publish this poem written to his mother by a World War One veteran, John Hunter Wickersham, who died serving his country. A short bio follows. The Raindrops on Your Old Tin Hat The mist hangs low and quiet on a ragged line of hills, There’s a whispering of

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Martin Luther King Day AfterTalk Inspirational 1:15.18

What Martin Luther King’s Daughter Has to Say About Grief by Lynda Cheldelin Fell She was just 5-years-old when her famous daddy, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. Thanks in part to the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the young Bernice King on her mother’s lap, most are familiar with that story. Yet a recent New York Times  article about

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Get Busy Living: AfterTalk Inspirational 11.2.17

I was sitting in the office of New York City’s preeminent gynecological oncological surgeons when he brought up a quotation that had been mentioned to him, one he shares with both cancer survivors and the survivors of a cancer death: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice–get busy living or get busy dying.”

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Condolence letters of Presidents-FDR and The Sullivans

One of the saddest family stories of WWII was the death of the five Sullivan brothers from the USS Juneau in 1942. Below is a their story in brief, and President Roosevelt’s letter to their mother. The Sullivans enlisted in the US Navy on January 3, 1942, with the stipulation that they serve together. The

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Condolence Letter and Presidents: AfterTalk Inspirational 3.30.17

Condolence Letters and Presidents A few weeks ago I published in this column a condolence letter from President Lincoln to a young woman on the occasion of her father’s passing. Readers appreciated it, so I set out to find another with the help of my trusty friend, Google. I settled on something a bit different.

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