We’ve all been there. Staring down at a blank sympathy card trying, unsuccessfully, to come up with the right words to write. It’s frustrating because you know that nothing you write could ever do justice to the deep feelings of sympathy you feel. You feel anxiety about saying the wrong thing and offending the bereaved […]

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Finding a way to adequately express your condolences isn’t easy. If you don’t know the bereaved very well, you don’t want to risk giving them a gift or card that offends them. Men can be especially challenging to shop for. They typically don’t appreciate figurines or jewelry the way women do. So how do you express […]

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We talk a lot about what you should and shouldn’t say to someone who is grieving. It’s hard to know how an ordinary question could get under the skin of someone who is grieving. For example, a question so simple as, “How are you doing?” has deeper implications than you probably realize. Let Them Off […]

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There are many heartfelt and useful ways to help someone who just lost a loved one. Here are eight ways to provide immediate comfort: 1. Be There The most important thing you can do is be present. Don’t stay away because you are afraid you may say or do the wrong thing. 2. Go to the Service […]

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Going through the visitation line at a funeral is overwhelming. Sometimes it’s the first time seeing the family since the death of your loved one. Seeing everyone so distraught is emotionally draining and can leave us feeling stymied when it’s our turn to meet the family in the visitation line. Prepare yourself to come face to […]

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