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I Understand

03/18/2016

Donna shares, “With no apparent symptoms at the tender age of three and a half months our son, Justin, died. It happened in the evening just after my husband had left for a meeting.  I rushed my baby to the hospital, but the doctors could not revive him. Many people avoided talking about Justin. It […]

What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season? Part 1

12/17/2014

From:  Liv Lane What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season?  Here are some expressions that have comforted my family over the past year and some I’ve learned from friends who have experienced great loss, too… I am thinking of you. Sounds so simple, but it means so much to know someone out […]

I Remember

12/21/2014

When there is a death in a family, Christmas can be so painful because everyone else seems so happy.  One mother told me, “Watching their joy is bad enough, but the real pain is when our child’s name is not even mentioned; when no one recalls Christmases past, when my son was there with them, […]

What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season? Part 2

12/18/2014

By  Liv Lane What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season?  Here are some expressions that have comforted my family over the past year and some I’ve learned from friends who have experienced great loss, too… I don’t expect a call back.  For over a week after my dad died, a dear friend […]

What should you say on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death?

08/18/2015

The fact that you are asking the question is so wonderful. The people who are grieving will be so pleased and touched in their hearts that someone else remembers their ongoing grief and the one who has died.

Now, back to your question: What should one say on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death?

What Worries You The Most?

09/09/2015

Brian Mansfield is a writer for USA Today and was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48.  Brian chronicles his life with cancer in a series of articles called, “My Semicolon Life.” Brian says that asking, “What’s going to be the hard part for you?” is an important question to ask individuals who have cancer […]

Funeral Home Etiquette

11/14/2016

I became very agitated as I stood in line at a funeral home visitation.  I could not believe it!  The person at the front of the line occupied the bereaved woman’s attention for 30 minutes—or maybe it was only 5 minutes, but it seemed like 30! The man must have told her all his life’s […]