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Supporting Students Coping With Grief: AfterTalk Weekly

By Emily Courtney | November 10, 2021 | 1 Comment

Supporting Students Coping With Grief Most people don’t want to think about the idea of death, let alone a young person having to cope with it. However, a study published in School Psychology Quarterly found that people are most likely to experience their first sudden loss during their youth—between the ages of 15 and 16.[1] …

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Day of the Dead and Mexican American Funeral Service Rituals

By Larry Lynn | November 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated November 2. On this day, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit their living family members. Many people celebrate this day by visiting the graves of deceased loved ones and setting up altars …

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Grief and the Pandemic: A view from abroad AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | October 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is an interesting presentation on Grief and the Pandemic from a German TV network, DW News. DW News is a global English-language news and information channel from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). Note the commentary on flu season about 3/4th of the way through. Let this serve as a reminder that we …

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Resilience is about falling into your own strength AfterTalk 10.20.21

By Jerri Clark | October 18, 2021 | 3 Comments

Editor: Although this is written for families of loved ones with serious mental illness, I agree with the author that her discussion of resilience is vital to those who have suffered a loss.  Hello, I have visited and appreciate your website and I get your emails. I participate in a variety of social media forums …

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Write a Letter to the Deceased and It Will Help You…AfterTalk Weekly

By Opal Miamoto | October 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Opal Miamoto Now that you are reading this, you want to know how to write a letter to a loved one who passed away. Whether you lost a loved one several years ago or recently, you have a unique grieving process. No two people are alike. And the grieving process never stops. You may …

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“Tell Me How to Grieve” AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 10.6.21

By Alan Wolfelt | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thoughts on Leaning on Ceremony After a Death During the Pandemic by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. This pandemic is replete with tragedy, but one Colorado story not far from my home has been weighing on my heart. In the Huffington Post on May 7, 2020, Mary Hagen Roberts published an essay about the death of …

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Natural Disasters and Grief: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 9.29.21

By Jessica Fender | September 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Natural Disasters: How Grief Can Help Us to Help Others? By Jessica Fender Introduction Natural disasters, such as tsunamis or tornadoes, are catastrophic events where people lose their properties, livelihoods, and in many cases their lives. If you happen to experience a severe natural disaster, you will remember it for the rest of your life. …

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FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | September 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s note: I repost this every year during the Jewish holidays. This year I chose to include it in Pandemic Weekly because last night I watched an NYU Medical Center webinar on COVID-19. It was very explicit about in-hospital and ICU cases. I thought about what it must be like to be crashing in a …

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Mourning Heroes 9/11 and Pandemic Heros AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 9.15.21

By Larry Lynn | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mourning Heroes It is only a few days since observed the 20th year since 9/11. I hesitate to call it an “anniversary” since the word usually conveys a joyous occasion.  The song is about a firefighter who did not die on 9/11, but the sentiment applies to all who rush toward what most of us …

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We Grieve, We Remember, We Support Each Other: Thoughts from a 9/11 Widow and Grief Advocate

By Alan Wolfelt | September 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. We as a nation will never be “done” mourning the loss of 2,977 lives lost during the attack on September 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning at the World Trade Center in New York, more than 2,700 people died, among them over two thousand people working at the Twin Towers, …

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