Category Archives: Funerals, Death, and Dying

Unusual Quotations: Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Self-portrait: A Quotation You Can Use At A Funeral Or Awards Ceremony Here’s a quotation by a famous designer with a surprising and thoughtful last four words. It’s apt for an individual whose life combines pragmatism with creativity. Use … Continue reading

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Sorrow

A poignant quotation… “Small sorrows speak; great sorrows are silent.”   Don’t let the brevity of this quotation deceive you. It doesn’t work very well as a one-off spoken quotation, because it requires some reflection to grasp its deep wisdom. … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Einstein Quote on the Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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Einstein Quote: The Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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How To Conclude A Speech With A Poem

A Terrific Poem To Use In A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. One of the best ways to conclude a presentation is with a poem. I’ve used the poem “Goshen” many times to illustrate the importance of striving to be … Continue reading

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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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Shakespeare on Courage and Death

What You Can 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 … 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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