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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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Navigating Grief: How to Help a Teen Cope with a Peer’s Death by Suicide

By Beau Peters | September 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

  by Beau Peters Losing a loved one is never easy and we all deal with grief in our own ways. However, teens can have an even harder time navigating their emotions during grief because teen years are already tumultuous and fraught with change that can cause stress and anxiety. The specifics surrounding the event […]

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A 9/11 Special from the AfterTalk

By Larry Lynn | September 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

In memory of all those who we lost on 9/11 “There is a heavy debt of guilt whenever I realize that our new life wouldn’t exist had Arron not died. Through the pain of our grief, we discovered strength we didn’t know we possessed, learned to appreciate the gifts of life and have empathy for […]

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Suicide is Not the Only Way Out

By Anne Peterson | August 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Skip to content   Post author: I almost became a widow three times. I don’t say this lightly. I have had to work through layers of anger and resentment. But God has helped me do just that. How could my husband do this to me, knowing I have my own abandonment issues? How could he […]

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Understanding the Anger of Grief

By Alan Wolfelt | August 23, 2023 | 2 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water—anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow… Be human.” ― C. JoyBell C. If you’re feeling […]

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