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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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dream moon commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post When a Death Seems a Blessing: What Not To Say
"me 2  or it will get easy nxt wk it will 1s its not had a loss say dum thngs thy do or why u cryin  im lk iv loss pwrson i hav gona miss thm  "
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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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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.…


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…


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…


Tips for Asking a Stand-in To Deliver a Eulogy You've Written

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

My father is in hospice, and my family assumes that I will give one of the eulogies at his funeral. I have no trouble writing it. But I'm terrified of delivering it myself. Public speaking is not one of my talents. My dad and I are very close, and I'm sure I'll break down and cry. Is it…


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