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The effects of the coronavirus pandemic appear nearly everywhere we look, but together we can continue learning, being informed and connecting with one another.

In today's newsletter we share a deeply personal account of what it means to lose and mourn someone during the pandemic. We also offer a variety of pieces aimed to help your mental health, including how to deal with caregiver guilt, valuable insights about how we can work together to reduce loneliness among adults and how Ramadan is a perfect opportunity to connect with others and build a sense of community.

Thank you for reading and for turning to Next Avenue during an unsettling time.

Be safe,
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Colleen Wilson
Next Avenue

Death in the Time of the Coronavirus
With many dealing with sudden, unexpected grief, one author describes her experience with death separating her from her mother and the law robbing her of connection. READ MORE
It's Time to Flatten the Loneliness Curve for Older Americans
Right now we're facing the intersection of two deadly epidemics: COVID-19 and loneliness. These thought leaders say the nation needs a social stimulus plan, and it needs one now. READ MORE
Ways to Deal with Caregiver Guilt During the Coronavirus Crisis
Guilt and frustration may be common feelings among caregivers who are trying to protect their loved ones but cannot right now. However, it's also important to take care of yourself.  READ MORE
Creating Community Connections During Ramadan
With restrictions on physical distancing, the observation of Ramadan will be altered this year. What remains the same is the importance of community.  READ MORE
Getting In Sync With the Natural World
What you can learn from the Benedictine practice of time management that can bring you peace, purpose and comfort. READ MORE

How I'm Coping Without My Grief Support Group

Reinventing Yourself After a Job Loss

Early Midlife Crisis Hits Millennials
Looking Back at the First Earth Day 50 Years Ago — and Ahead

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