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Barbara Rieger commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post 7 Tips to Make It Easier to Talk to the Bereaved
"Dear Florence, I'd like to thank you for writing the good tips to making it easier talking with the bereaved. One time a woman lost her husband and I said "I don't know what to say." I've lost both my parents, my only…"
Jan 24
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

7 Tips to Make It Easier to Talk to the Bereaved

Q. I recently spotted an acquaintance walking down the street and ducked into a store. His wife had died, and I didn't want him to see me because I didn't know what to say. I felt like a coward. Why is it so difficult to talk to someone in this situation?The fact is the idea of facing any bereaved can bring strong men to their knees. Although women are generally more…See More
Jan 22
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Why Run an In Memoriam Notice?

Q. I see In Memoriams in the newspaper regularly, but I wonder why people bother to place them. First, they’re expensive. Second, isn’t an obituary enough? Many of us never consider an In Memoriam because it isn’t a family custom and funeral costs are hard enough to handle. Yet the notices do comfort those left behind who wish to voice love and sorrow. These emotions have no expiration date. In…See More
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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.

 

Just a Note to Say...When the Man You Love Is IllWhat Do You Say When...Here's to You!

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When a Bereaved Co-worker Returns to the Job

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Q. My colleague’s 19-year-old brother died in a freak biking accident. I attended the funeral and sent a condolence note, but worry about what to say and do when the bereaved comes back to work next week. What is your advice?

You’re not alone in your concerns. “Coworkers and managers don’t know…

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Attending a Funeral: What's in It for You?

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Q. My elderly aunt just died, and I’m on the fence about attending the funeral. I loved her, but the funeral is far away and will be so depressing. Will it really matter if I don’t go?

The big question is: matter to whom? So many rituals, which bind us together, have fallen by the wayside in our…

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Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die? It's Possible

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Q. My elderly uncle, who is ailing, wants to be buried with his dog in his cemetery plot. Is this common with pet owners — and is it possible? I thought that animals had to go to pet cemeteries.

Usually, animals are indeed consigned to pet cemeteries, where their owners have long…

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Options When the Deceased Didn't Want a Funeral

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Q. My late friend and colleague wished to be cremated and did not want a funeral. He had no close family. I (and others in my professional organization who will miss him) feel very sad. He had a huge impact on our careers, especially when we were starting out. What can we do that honors his wishes, yet also allows us some closure? And…

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