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Moving forwards ( and being okay with that)

By Louise McOrmond-Plummer | January 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Louise has written several pieces over the years describing her journey through grief. You can find all the earlier ones at this link: https://blog.aftertalk.com/?s=Louise+McOrmond-Plummer by Louise McOrmond- Plummer ( AKA Mrs Kenneth D. Plummer) When my beloved husband Ken, died in 2016, the thought of planning a future that wouldn’t include Ken knocked …

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Tonight I can write the saddest lines

By Larry Lynn | January 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  “Tonight I can write the saddest lines,” although technically not necessarily about death [a point many academics might dispute], this is a powerful poem about grieving for a loved one written by one of the world’s great poets, Pablo Neruda.   Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example,’The night is …

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Grieving for a Hero: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | January 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editors Note: As we pass the first “anniversary” of the January 6th riot, we want to again recognize the murder of officer Brian D. Sicknick. Here’s what we said last year and an update:  “We have three pandemics sweeping the world: COVID-19, Climate Change, and Hatred. Last week [YEAR] the third of those took the …

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A Monarch’s Grief: Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message

By Larry Lynn | January 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Editors Note: Many extraordinary people passed in the last year, but few who have been as prominent in public life for so long as Prince Philip. We chose to feature Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Speech for her heartfelt expressions of grief at the loss of a husband of 73 years against the backdrop of a pandemic …

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New Year’s Grieving Resolutions: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Larry Lynn | December 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are several suggested New Year’s resolutions for the grieving. This one is from Hospice of the Red River Valley: I resolve to not place time limits on my grief; it will take as long as it takes. I resolve to acknowledge my grief as my own—that it is as individual as I am—and will take shape …

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MANAGING TRAUMATIC GRIEF AND COPING AFTER NATIONAL CRISES: AfterTalk Weekly

By Larry Lynn | December 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s note: this post was authored by Bradley University’s Online Counseling Department. It is not only content rich, but the many links are amazingly useful and reliable.  When a traumatic event occurs, the first emotions we tend to experience are shock and horror. Reality itself may seem to be suspended temporarily, but once we realize …

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Music can help us process feelings of loss AfterTalk Weekly 12.15.21

By Katlyn Eriksen | December 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s note: as we may stumble into another lockdown due to Omicron variant, we thought this Katlyn Eriksen piece would be especially useful. The one thing we would add is that you can couple listening an/or singing with dancing, another form of release helpful to the grieving.  Music can help us process feelings of loss …

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Waking Up to Gratitude: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Alan Wolfelt | December 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. I’ve become a fan of sunrises. Before COVID-19 changed all of our lives, my busy travel and teaching schedule had me hopping. Most mornings after I woke up, I went straight to work. I had a love-hate relationship with the adrenaline of stress. I was a slave to emails, itineraries, …

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Self-Care Habits for Seniors to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Social Isolation

By Melissa Howard | December 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: I thought this piece by Melissa Howard was especially relevant to the widows and widowers among our readers, or anyone who has suffered a loss and finds they have isolated themselves socially. This is, of course, exacerbated by the pandemic. As we get older, it becomes more important to focus on both our …

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Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

By Thomas Attig | November 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Attig I am sure that I am not alone in approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Years with sorrow in my heart over the death of a loved one.  I hope these reflections will provide guidance for reaching through the sorrows of loss in the coming season. During the holidays, the pain of …

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