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Fathers Day AfterTalk Inspirational Quote 6.18.20

By Larry Lynn | June 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Editor: This is the poem I chose for Fathers Day, written by David Harkins. You will find both a ‘he’ and a ‘she’ version on the web. I chose the ‘he’ because it says what I want about the passing of a father. I’ve learned that Harkins wrote it as the ‘she’ version, and that …

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“We’re All Anxious Sweetie.” AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 6.17.20

By Elaine Voci | June 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We’re All Anxious, Sweetie.” The sign said, “Keep your windows rolled up. Pull up slowly to the first table, put your car in park, and wait for instructions.” A masked and energetic man came to the driver’s side of my car and held a printed sign up to my window which read: “Please call me …

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When Grief and Coronavirus Collide: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 6.10.20

By Mary Brant | June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

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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African-Americans and Grief: AfterTalk Weekly 6.4.20

By Larry Lynn | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: we usually run this during Black History Month, but considering the events of the past week, we thought it worth re-posting. A Grief Observed From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, the power and pain of Black mourning. BY MYCHAL DENZEL SMITH June 22, 2017 Mamie Till-Mobley wrote her memoir, Death of Innocence: The Story of …

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When do we get to cry? AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Penny Davis | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

WHEN DO WE GET TO CRY? By Penny Davis Hospice Executive, Published Author and Memoirist Like many little girls, I played nurse. My dolls were lined up in empty Kleenex boxes with various gauze wraps and band-aids on imaginary “boo-boos” that I tended to. I could often be found with one of my dad’s crisp …

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Condolence letters of Presidents – FDR and The Sullivans

By Larry Lynn | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

EDITORS NOTE: DURING THIS MOST UNUSUAL  MEMORIAL DAY WEEK, WE ARE RE-POSTING THIS IN HONOR OF  ALL THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THIS NATION. 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, …

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Joe Biden on COVID-19 and Grieving

By Larry Lynn | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Joe Biden TRANSCRIPT: 5/14/20, The Last Word w/ Lawrence O’Donnell Two weeks ago Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams did a town hall style meeting on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Viewers were invited to pose questions. AfterTalk thought this was most appropriate to our mission.   QUESTION: I`m thinking about that quote from …

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Coping with death and grief – The bereavement process explained: AfterTalk Weekly

By Larry Lynn | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: The following was shared with us by friends at Churchill Insurance, a U.K.-based company selling many forms of insurance. A link to their site is at the bottom. It is an excellent compendium of grief advice. Their webpage has useful links, but primarily for U.K. citizens. We have included them. Coping with death …

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AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly: What Trees Can Teach Us About Weathering Pandemics

By Amy Florian | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Amy Florian It’s been two months since the coronavirus reared its ugly head, throwing you and your family into a completely different way of living and working. You may be grieving the loss of a job or retirement savings, a long-planned wedding or a child’s highly anticipated senior prom. You miss going to the …

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Mourning Heroes: AfterTalk Repost 5/14/20

By Larry Lynn | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mourning Heroes This week we thought it would be appropriate to honor the heroes of the COVID19 pandemic. The song is about a firefighter, but the sentiment applies to all who rush toward what most of us hurry away from, whether it be flames, bullets, or a virus. This week’s song is about mourning a …

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