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Healing  Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace

By Alan Wolfelt | November 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Dr. Wolfelt frequently writes about grieving for military families. He is on the Advisory Board of TAPS, a national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care and comprehensive resources for all those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one.  In this very troubled time where families of civilians and  soldiers defending their […]

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Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice

By Melissa Howard | November 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice Most of us shy away from the idea of mortality. People who enter hospice care typically have run out of treatment options and have difficult decisions to make about end-of-life care. Hospice is a sensitive, caring service dedicated to making clients as comfortable […]

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Healing Your Holiday Grief

By Alan Wolfelt | November 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If you could go back in time and relive a special holiday, which one would you choose? Close your eyes for a moment and think about this holiday. Now, slowly, walk through this memory in your mind. What made it so special? What were the surroundings like? Who inhabits this […]

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Day of the Dead and Mexican-American Funeral Service Rituals

By Larry Lynn | November 1, 2023 | 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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Final Wishes, First Steps: Your Guide to End-of-Life Conversations

By Camille Johnson | October 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: please use this information as guidance, not legal advice. Any conversation about end-of-life planning must involve legal counsel. Sometimes, a professional grief counselor can be a very useful intermediary in these discussions. by Camille Johnson Talking about end-of-life arrangements with a family member or close friend is an emotionally charged undertaking that many […]

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With Every Brushstroke–A Memoir

By Monique Richard | October 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

“This is a memoir I never wanted to write about a series of paintings that I never wanted to paint.”  This opening sentence of With Every Brushstroke encapsulates so much about my project that I am about to share with you. Although we don’t have a say in when our loved ones leave us, we […]

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How to cope with guilt and regrets and feel better over time by Linda Donovan

By Linda Donovan | October 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

How to cope with guilt and regrets and feel better over time: Feeling guilty and having regrets can happen before and after a loss. This is where the if-only and what-if statements are common. You may try unsuccessfully and illogically to bargain with a higher power, by saying out loud, “What if I give up […]

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Four Things to Know About Emotional Wellness and Suicide Prevention

By Melissa Howard | October 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Four Things to Know About Emotional Wellness and Suicide Prevention by Melissa Howard  Editor’s note: this piece is written by the founder of Stop Suicide (www.stopsuicide.info). Studies have shown that bereavement is associated with impaired mental health, increases in adverse health behaviors, and heightened risk of suicidal ideation, attempts, and death by suicide. For example, parental […]

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FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE: An AfterTalk Inspirational Quote for Yom Kippur

By Larry Lynn | September 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE is a famous sermon given by Rabbi Kenneth Berger on Yom Kippur day in the fall of 1986. It was inspired by the crash of the Challenger space shuttle on January 28, 1986 and the subsequent revelation that the crew had likely survived the explosion and lived for another five minutes […]

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Understanding the Guilt of Grief

By Alan Wolfelt | September 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” — Coco Chanel If you’re feeling guilty, ashamed, or regretful in the aftermath of the death of someone loved, the first thing I want to do is assure you that all your emotions are normal. While these feelings are painful, they […]

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