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Your Grief: AfterTalk Inspirational 4.27.17

  Your grief for what you’ve lost holds a mirror up to where you’re bravely working. Expecting the worst, you look and instead, here’s the joyful face youve been wanting to see. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.

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How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss After my husband’s death, I set out to learn everything I could about how kids persevere through adversity.  Two years ago, in an instant, everything changed for my family and me. While my husband, Dave, and I were on vacation, he died suddenly from a

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Mourning My Father; AfterTalk Inspirational 4.20.17

Mourning My Father by Mayim Bialik As I wrote here on Kveller, my father died last month. The period of sheloshim (30 in Hebrew) just ended, as a matter of fact. Sheloshim marks the end of 30 days of mourning. There are restrictions on behavior and activities for the 30 days and there are additional

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Condolence letter AfterTalk Inspirational 4.13.17

On March 28, 1941, shortly after the gruesome onset of WWII, Virginia Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with rocks, treaded into the River Ouse behind the house in East Sussex where she lived with her husband, author and political theorist Leonard Woolf, and drowned herself. She had succumbed to a relapse of the

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Condolence letters of Presidents-FDR and The Sullivans

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, and President Roosevelt’s letter to their mother. The Sullivans enlisted in the US Navy on January 3, 1942, with the stipulation that they serve together. The

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