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T.C. Goodwin commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post After a Family Rift, Should You Go to the Funeral or Memorial Service?
"I like the option of writing a note or sending flowers. I think its important to try to make peace as soon as possible even though you may be right and they are wrong.We should never allow Satan to divide our families or friends. We should make…"
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After a Family Rift, Should You Go to the Funeral or Memorial Service?

Q. My aunt just died, and I want to attend the funeral. However, I haven’t spoken to my cousin (her son) for several years after a series of arguments. What should I do? I’m afraid he’ll be annoyed to see me there or even challenge me.Funerals and memorial services are meant to be healing rituals for survivors that bring us together to share the loss of a loved one. But that doesn’t happen if the bereaved are estranged. Such rifts are called “emotional cutoffs,” and are ways to manage…See More
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After a Family Rift, Should You Go to the Funeral or Memorial Service?

Q. My aunt just died, and I want to attend the funeral. However, I haven’t spoken to my cousin (her son) for several years after a series of arguments. What should I do? I’m afraid he’ll be annoyed to see me there or even challenge me.Funerals and memorial services are meant to be healing rituals for survivors that bring us together to share the loss of a loved one. But that doesn’t happen if the bereaved are estranged. Such rifts are called “emotional cutoffs,” and are ways to manage…See More
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dream moon commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Who Pays for the Funeral? Defining 'Immediate Family'
"in uk thy hav goldn chrter a person ovr 50 can pay fr thr own funrelll thy can wish thy had 1 fr ovr 40s 2 "
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Sincere Condolences

By Florence Isaacs

My Deepest Sympathies...Florence Isaacs is a freelance journalist and author of many books, including My Deepest Sympathies...: Meaningful Sentiments for Condolence Notes and Conversations, Plus a Guide to Eulogies.

 

Florence gives tips on writing sincere and thoughtful sympathy notes and answers questions about condolence and eulogy writing, funeral etiquette and more in Sincere Condolences, her original monthly column for LegacyConnect. In her new blog Widow in the World, Florence – a widow herself – offers advice to bereaved spouses and partners.

 

If you have a question for Florence, please email her at fisaacs@florenceisaacs.com.

 

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After a Family Rift, Should You Go to the Funeral or Memorial Service?

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 11:24am 1 Comment

Q. My aunt just died, and I want to attend the funeral. However, I haven’t spoken to my cousin (her son) for several years after a series of arguments. What should I do? I’m afraid he’ll be annoyed to see me there or even challenge me.

Funerals and memorial services are meant to be healing rituals for survivors that bring us together to share the loss of a loved one. But that doesn’t happen if the bereaved are…

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Who Pays for the Funeral? Defining 'Immediate Family'

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 9:30am 2 Comments

Q. A friend of mine has been asked to help pay for the funeral of a cousin she was never close to.…

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Funeral Flowers: What's Too Much ... or Not Enough

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Q. My siblings and I are bickering over how much to spend for flowers at our mother's funeral. It's, "What do we need flowers for? They're a waste of money" – all the way to, "Let's fill the chapel." What do other people do?

Which people…

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When a Death Seems a Blessing: What Not To Say

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 9:30am 2 Comments

Q. I was recently at a funeral for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease who died in a nursing home. I happened to overhear someone tell the deceased’s son that, “It’s better this way.” The comment seemed inappropriate to me, especially because the speaker was not someone who knew the family well. The son also received some condolence notes that made similar statements. Your thoughts?

Many people think that words…

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