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T.C. Goodwin commented on Robbie Miller Kaplan's blog post Every Kindness Helps Following a Death
"Thanks for telling this experience, This is not just kindness but loving kindness 1) expressed by specific actions 2) extended willingly 3) shown especially to those in need - Proverbs 18 :24"
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Every Kindness Helps Following a Death

A friend of a friend died last week. We hadn’t been in touch with the family in ten years and I vacillated on whether to attend the visitation. I not only decided to go, but I encouraged my spouse to go too. We were surprised and humbled when the daughters of the deceased lovingly embraced us. It was good to see…See More
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Every Kindness Helps Following a Death

A friend of a friend died last week. We hadn’t been in touch with the family in ten years and I vacillated on whether to attend the visitation. I not only decided to go, but I encouraged my spouse to go too. We were surprised and humbled when the daughters of the deceased lovingly embraced us. It was good to see…See More
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Lynda Baron commented on Robbie Miller Kaplan's blog post Healthy Grieving
"No-one really understands what you are going through when you lose someone you love dearly, you just want to die yourself and sometimes it feels worse the longer the time goes on because you know they are not going to come back which is something I…"
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Lynda Baron liked Robbie Miller Kaplan's blog post Healthy Grieving
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Robbie Miller Kaplan's blog post was featured

Healthy Grieving

A friend in her early thirties grieved the loss of both her mother and father who died just one year apart. My friend chose outlets for her grief that helped her process and mourn the death of her parents. After a year passed, her older sister confided that she was concerned in how my friend was grieving.Is there a…See More
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Robbie Miller Kaplan posted a blog post

Healthy Grieving

A friend in her early thirties grieved the loss of both her mother and father who died just one year apart. My friend chose outlets for her grief that helped her process and mourn the death of her parents. After a year passed, her older sister confided that she was concerned in how my friend was grieving.Is there a…See More
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Robbie Miller Kaplan's blog post was featured

Eight Surprising Things You May Feel After a Loved One's Death

We’re all familiar with the five stages of grief and we have come to expect that at some point following a death we might feel denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and ultimately, acceptance. So it may be surprising to learn that other feeling might appear that can be downright unexpected and uncomfortable.Relief…See More
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Comforting Words - When You Don't Know What to Say

Robbie Miller Kaplan

Robbie has traveled an interesting road to becoming a successful author. When she started writing career books, she had no idea she would eventually write about loss and grief. It's her personal experience and desire to make a difference in the lives of those grieving a loss that motivated her to write How to Say It When You Don’t Know What to Say.

 

Robbie writes from a unique perspective as a mother who has lost two children. It's Robbie’s goal to help her readers communicate effectively when their loved ones, neighbors, colleagues, and community members face difficult times. Her book is now available in e-book and print for Illness & Death, Suicide, and Miscarriage and e-books on Death of a Child, Death of a Stillborn or Newborn Baby, Pet Loss, Caregiver Responsibilities, Divorce and Job Loss. All publications are available in Amazon's Kindle Store.

 


Visit Robbie's website at www.wordsthatcomfort.com or follow her on Twitter @How2SayIt.

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Every Kindness Helps Following a Death

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

A friend of a friend died last week. We hadn’t been in touch with the family in ten years and I vacillated on whether to attend the visitation. I not only decided to go, but I encouraged my spouse to go too. We were surprised and humbled when the daughters of the deceased lovingly embraced us. It was…

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Healthy Grieving

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 12:28pm 2 Comments

A friend in her early thirties grieved the loss of both her mother and father who died just one year apart. My friend chose outlets for her grief that helped her process and mourn the death of her parents. After a year passed, her older sister confided that she was concerned in how my friend was…

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Eight Surprising Things You May Feel After a Loved One's Death

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

We’re all familiar with the five stages of grief and we have come to expect that at some point following a death we might feel denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and ultimately, acceptance. So it may be surprising to learn that other feeling might appear that can be downright unexpected and…

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Our Collective Grief – Mourning for Those We’ll Never Know

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

It’s not that we’re no longer shocked; it just happens so often that we feel numb in its familiarity. Another day, another shooting, and more tragic loss of life. We’re still grieving the heartbreaking loss of the victims murdered in Orlando and now we add to those the deaths in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Dallas. How do we process the loss to our national…

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Suicide - How To Help the Bereaved

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

It happened again in my community. A young man died by suicide. No matter how many times it happens, suicide is a sudden, unexpected, and tragic death that leaves the bereaved and the community badly shaken.

The bereaved not only feel the raw grief of sudden loss, but may wrestle with the question, over and over…

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At 10:34pm on August 4, 2014, georgia said…
Hi Robbie,how I wish I could send your successions as what to say to a grieving person,to a few uncaring and selfish people that I thought understood what Iam going through .
I wish people get it in their head that grieving has NO expiration date.
Some how people think once a year has passed ,you should be your old self.Guess what people ,,,,you will never be your
old self .
At 10:09am on May 18, 2014, Barbara Maier said…
Thank you Robbie, reading your site, was very helpful. Lost my husband in March, my best friend my soul mate my everything. Life seems so meaningless without him. Friend and family, try to do their best to comfort me, but you are so right to say that what they say does not help. Yes, all the classics that you mention. It's going to be a long road for me, I hope at some point I come come to some acceptance. For now I'm just going through the motions. Facing each day is a struggle. I always prided my self as a strong women, raising 3 kids, running a business, and facing each challange head on, but this by far is the hardest ever. Trying hard to hang tough, thanks for your advice
At 7:20pm on December 28, 2011, Shirley Gutierrez said…

Dear Robbie,

I too have lost 2 of my 3 daughters (to cancer.) My youngest Lisa, died Aug. ll, 2009. My oldest, Linda died 7 months later on March 1, 2010. The first & second holiday seasons were very difficult but I believe this one (2011) has been the worst. I have asked myself many times, "why my daughters, why 2 of them" as if there were a reason & if there were a reason, would it make any difference, would it bring them back. Life goes on in spite of us.

Sincerely, Shirley Gutierrez

At 4:34pm on December 5, 2011, Vicki Blue Brinker said…

Thank you for responding.  It is nice to know there are people who care & want to help.  Blessings, Vicki Blue

At 1:47pm on May 10, 2011, Carl Mathis said…

Hey Robbie, just stopping by to say be encourage, You are in my prayers, be bless and have a wonderful day.

 

Carl
At 6:45am on August 25, 2010, Lee Beck said…
Thanks for your help. I feel very uncomfortable when dealing with someone's grief. Because of this, I generally avoid contact with them. I'm trying to learn more about ways to minimize their pain. Your expertise will help.
At 8:42am on June 11, 2010, Gaye Bowman said…
I was so touched by your article Lessons Learned from My Dad and I would really like to share this with my daughters. Howeverf I am not too computer savy and cannot seem to forward this to them. Do you have a suggestion ow I can do this? Thanks and God bless

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