Author Archives: Larry Lynn

Grieving for My Mother: Part Two

After they took my mother to the funeral home, my brother, his significant other, Susan, and I headed back to the hotel in Delray Beach. It was after ten o’clock and almost everything was closed. We stumbled into Boston’s near the beach and convinced them to serve us. A live blues band made it hard

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Grieving for my Mother: Part One

Where to begin? Twenty-three hours ago I held my mother’s arm as she died. She was 89 and I had lived with the probability of her death for years. She had a bad heart and whenever the phone rang and I saw it was from her caregiver, I thought it would be THAT call. Your

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Continuing Bonds Theory of Grief

Several readers have asked for more information about the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of AfterTalk. I provided a partial answer in an earlier post about Managing Grief by Writing where I discussed the theoretical basis of AfterTalk’s Private Conversations as therapeutic writing. In this blog I want to explain how writing to deceased loved ones fits

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A Grief Poem for Those Lost at Sandy Hook. A Poet Remembers

[Larry Lynn:  Poet Jim Monroe shares with us his commemoration of the tragedy at Sandy Hook called “Innocent Victims”] Twenty-six persons Were murdered that day Not counting the mother And her son that had strayed A confused young man Rained bullets from hell Upon the school and it’s students They fell… woe… they fell Twenty

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Grieving the Loss of a Pet: A Poem by Jim Monroe

[LARRY: Poet and lyricist Jim Monroe shares with us a poem about the passing of a beloved dog. In my sixty-five years on earth I’ve had six of my dogs pass on. I remember each so vividly, especially the last, my beautiful Siberian Husky named Trixie who died recently at 16. I cannot think her

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