Category Archives: Pandemic Grieving

During COVID-19, VITAS Understands…AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

During COVID-19, VITAS Understands & Supports Those Grieving a Sudden Loss By Robby Bolden, MDiv For many people, dying is a time of turning inward, of drawing near to those who matter most and sharing deeply meaningful, human moments. On both sides of the bed, the mood may oscillate between deep loneliness and the most

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Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Pandemic: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 7/29/20

by Anne Galt Saying goodbye to a beloved animal companion is hard at the best of times. But now, with so much isolation and uncertainty, the loss of that familiar comforting presence can seem unbearable. How can you cope when so much of normal life is already turned upside down? Much of the country is

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Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

By Gregory Smith, MD I first published these thoughts on 9-11-09. I thought I would share them with you again today in 2020 in a different context that is no less serious, traumatic and important to us and our mental health as Americans. In the first iteration of this column, I reflected on the tragedy

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Coronavirus grief: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 7.15.20

Editor’s Note:  we usually publish articles about grief brought on by the loss of a loved one. This week, we are reprinting an article from the Mayo Clinic about grieving the loss of one’s normal routine during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Holding Fear In Its Proper Place: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 7.8.20

by Nancy Sharp If I collected a dollar for every fearful thought I’ve had over the years, I’d never lack for funds. Imagine the good in the world I could do. Fear was once my regular companion. As a young professional, I worried about my career and whether I was making the right choices. I

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