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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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Condolence Letter and Presidents: AfterTalk Inspirational 3.30.17

Condolence Letters and Presidents A few weeks ago I published in this column a condolence letter from President Lincoln to a young woman on the occasion of her father’s passing. Readers appreciated it, so I set out to find another with the help of my trusty friend, Google. I settled on something a bit different.

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Miscarriage and Grief: AfterTalk Inspirational 3/23/17

Miscarriage and Grief from The New York Times, by psychologist Jessica Zucker and illustrator by Ryan Alexander-Tanner. Dr. Zucker is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive + maternal mental health, with an international public health background. She also has a website selling pregnancy loss cards and more: CLICK HERE

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