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When Someone is Grieving What to Say

When Someone is Grieving What to Say

We have experienced a lot of death this year.  Some loved ones have died suddenly and others have died after a prolonged illness.  Ugh. Sadness, confusion, anxiety, emptiness…just a few of the many feelings that come with grief and bereavement.

It occurred to me that – just as when illness strikes – many people don’t know what to say or do when someone dies.  So, after having been a hospice nurse for over 10 years and also experiencing the death of friends and family, I’ve come up with a few recommendations for what to do for and say to someone who has experienced death. I hope that this helps, if even just a wee bit.


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Emily McDowell Sympathy Cards

Empathy Cards

As you all know, I have talked and talked  (and talked!) about what to say and what not to say to someone who ...

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Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

While I loooooove the holidays, they are also fraught with challenges You know what I mean?  Too many calories. Too little sleep.  Too many errands. ...

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Being a Friend to Someone With Cancer

Being a Friend to Someone With Cancer

While on the book tour, the number one question that people asked me (and I am asked on ...

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What to Say to Someone with Cancer (And What Not to Say)

What to Say to Someone with Cancer (and What Not to Say)

Oh gosh. At least ten times a week, I get an email informing ...

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Bookworm: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who is Sick

Now, HERE my friends is an absolute MUST read: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who is Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin! It ...

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What to Say To Someone Who Has Cancer – The Ring Theory

As many of you may recall, I have written quite a bit about what to say and WTF not to say to someone with FBC ...

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What to Say (or Not to Say) #7

The overwhelming majority of things said to cancer patients are well intended. I know it without a doubt. In fact, I would hazard to say ...

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What to Say (or WTF Not to Say) #6

This week, I posted some of the What to Say (or Not to Say) graphics on The Huffington Post and boy oh boy did the ...

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What to Say (or Not to Say) #5

While I was sitting with my girlfriend yesterday as she received her first infusion of chemotherapy, we were talking about all of the things that ...

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What to Say or (or Not to Say) #4

I know that the majority of things said to cancer patients are well intended. I really do. This is the reason that during this month ...

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