Category Archives: Funerals, Death, and Dying

Advice About What You Say To Someone Who’s Grieving

What You Say–And Don’t Say–When Somebody Tells You Their Troubles by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Be careful what you say to people who are going through a really rough time.  They may have lost their job, or are getting divorced, or … Continue reading

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How To Write a Note of Condolence

What You Say To Someone Who’s Bereaved by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Sometimes less is more, and that certainly can be true when you express sympathy to someone who’s just lost a loved one. I know I felt that way when … Continue reading

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Great Quotations: Shakespeare on Courage and Death

What You Say About Death And Dying by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here is a famous quotation from Shakespeare that can be used in a speech or in an article or book that you write, or as a eulogy for someone … Continue reading

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Religious Quotation from Andrew Jackson

What You Say When You Want To Describe Your Personal Theology: A Little-Known but Powerful Metaphysical Quotation Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, is not usually thought of as a source of religious or inspirational thought. But … Continue reading

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What You Say To Someone Who’s Grieving Over A Death

What You Say At A Funeral Or In A Sympathy Card by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Three months ago the wife of my close friend Brad died after a long, painful illness.  Brad took it very hard. She was his very … Continue reading

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Writing tips: Find Just The Right Word When You Write A Letter, Note Or Email

Learning To Communicate Effectively: Lessons From Great Poets And An Irish Joke  by Bill Funchion, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, ILA woman told me recently that she had a difficult time trying to understand the death of her young brother. … Continue reading

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The Letter of Condolence: Never Say…

What You Say and Don’t Say When You Write A Letter of Condolence by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The following statements should never be used when you write a note or letter of condolence. Ditto for what you say when you … Continue reading

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How To Talk To A Child About Death

What You Say To Children About Death When you talk to a child about death and loss, right from the beginning let your child know that showing emotion is okay.  Boys especially have been socialized to think that it is … Continue reading

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WHAT TO SAY TO THE DYING: PART TWO

Death and Dying: What To Say To Someone Who Is Dying–Part Two Knowing what to say to the dying requires skill, courage,  and wisdom.  There is no way to know just how many individuals regret for the rest of their … Continue reading

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WHAT TO SAY TO THE DYING:PART ONE

Death and Dying: What To Say–Part One Want to know what to say to someone who is dying? Here’s advice about death and dying from “Final Conversations” by Maureen P. Keely, Ph.D. and Julie M Yingling, Ph.D. (We really like … Continue reading

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