Holidays should be joyful, but they are often sad for individuals grieving a loss or going through a difficult experience. Five simple things can bring cheer to those facing tough times:
- Write a personal note to let them know you are thinking of them and their loved one.
- Invite them out to lunch and offer to provide transportation.
- Deliver a gift bag or tin with home-baked or store-bought cookies, muffins or a quick bread.
- Include them in…
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on December 18, 2008 at 4:30pm —
I want to remember Joe and the life and love we shared. I also will create memorials as tributes to the life he lived.
|Memorials to Joe
||Their Meaning for Me
|Plant a pink dogwood tree where I can see it from the kitchen. It will bloom in the early…
Added by Marta Felber on December 11, 2008 at 4:00pm —
I am Britton Cannon's neice Tonya Fuller and am glad to be contacted by anyone who would like to speak to myself or anyone other member of my family for Britt. Some people may know me some may not but all are truly welcomed to speak with me. Thank you to all who stop's by to look at my website for my Uncle Britt. To all who know who i am know how hard my life without him is for me, he was my best friend and i'm truly happy to see how many people came to say there last goodbyes to him britt… Continue
Added by Tonya FULLER R.I.P BRITTON D Cannon on December 7, 2008 at 2:00pm —
A colleague, Joan Price, recently lost her beloved husband, Robert. Many folks she encountered found it hard to say the right thing and too often she was asked, “How are you doing?" Joan wondered, “What was I supposed to answer? The truth was ‘Horrible, of course!’ but I restrained myself." Continue
I asked Joan to share what she wished folks had said so we could learn how to better communicate with a grieving spouse. Joan reminded me that we each grieve differently and statements…
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on December 2, 2008 at 4:30pm —
We will love and miss you until we all meet agian in Jesus loving hands.Our love and support goes out to aunt Robin and all my cousins,God bless and keep you.With all our love,kenny Scott,Alyssa Scott,Marni,and Susan m.Scott-Lewis.
Added by susan lewis on December 2, 2008 at 9:04am —
I spent the last 10 years caring for my sweet dear sister Abby. She has been gone a year now and I can't believe how much I miss her. She passed 9/4/07 had a birthday 10/4 and then with the holidays it magnifies the loss. We went through so much together and now there is a big empty hole in that part of my heart. She suffered terribly with mental illness and I take comfort in knowing she is in the arms of the Lord. I created her site so I could really go to it and feel her presence. I created a… Continue
Added by Stephanie on November 28, 2008 at 6:00am —
It happens all the time. Something has us stressed, upset, or worried and we search for comfort. But what we really need is someone to listen; someone to give us their full attention as we share our fears and concerns. We’re not looking for advice, we’re looking for understanding. And we each have the power to give this all important gift – our time and attention. Continue
It’s hard to ask for support but we can’t expect our friends and loved ones to be mind readers and intuitively…
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 25, 2008 at 4:30pm —
Q. What can you say or do when there’s a suicide in someone’s family? My cousin’s 21-year-old son killed himself, and she and her husband are inconsolable. What can I possibly say to them in such a devastating situation? I feel powerless to help them. Continue
A. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the 15-24 age group in this country with only injuries and homicides claiming more lives, and suicide on college campuses is more common than most people…
Added by Florence Isaacs on November 18, 2008 at 4:30pm —
What happens when someone you care about is grieving a loss and you know you said the wrong thing? That’s what happened to a friend of mine. She attended a family dinner and said something to her sister-in-law that she immediately knew was inappropriate. She didn’t know what to do, so she said nothing and her sister-in-law never mentioned it either. And even though the relationship seems fine, my friend feels guilty and wonders if there is something she can say a year later to make… Continue
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 18, 2008 at 2:00pm —
I have recently lost my mother at the age of 53, I am so heart broken. I feel so lost without her, it doesn't seem real. This is the first time that i have ever lost someone so close to me, I don't know how to deal it feels like the whole world has stopped. She was the most beautiful person inside and out, she was my best friend I feel so sick without her. I just want her back it's not fair to be taken away so young. Mom I miss and Love you with all my heart.
Added by katie on November 18, 2008 at 1:33pm —
Welcome to Comforting Words! We’ve all faced a situation that’s left us speechless. A friend shares a devastating medical diagnosis, or you learn via e-mail of a relative’s death. What do you say? We’ve all been at a loss for words when we've needed them most. My goal in creating this blog is to provide a forum to share stories, ideas, and resources that will help us feel confident when confronted with unexpected news of loss and difficult times. And most important, I’d like to… Continue
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 18, 2008 at 12:00pm —
2 weeks ago today on November 3rd, 2008, I lost my son Alexander James. Losing him was completely unexpected and since he's gone, I've lost myself somewhere.
Alex was my third pregnancy. The first was in 1994. We lost our daughter Elizabeth Lynn at 20 weeks due to my incompetent cervix, which we didn't know was incompetent until it was too late.
My 2nd pregnancy was in 2006 and was twins. We lost the first baby at 10 weeks to disappearing twin syndrome. We'll never know what sex… Continue
Added by Tammy on November 17, 2008 at 1:10pm —
Kevin Michael Conatty, a Soldier, Policeman, Private Investigator, Fiancé’, Step-Dad, Friend, Son, Brother, and Uncle. How could I even begin to put down on paper, his life story, and all of the wonderful things that he brought to me and my daughters life? Kevin was such a wonderful man who touched so many peoples lives in many different ways. He had a love that was so real, pure, and honest, anyone that ever knew Kevin or was a part of his life always felt… Continue
Added by In Loving Memory Of Kevin Conatty on November 17, 2008 at 11:48am —
All parents do it, we just don't realize it all the time... UGH! when they say they've cleaned their room, but really they just slide everything under their bed or into the closet... Well, I'm out of ugh's... They never meant harm or disrespect... they where just an ugh... I'm not liking being out of ugh's... I would do anything to have just one more time to say it, with meaning... Delete Comment
Added by Cheryl on November 16, 2008 at 11:07pm —
if buford smiles then what? Continue
Added by richard c. hooper on November 13, 2008 at 10:00am —
In the beginning there were lots of hugs, an acceptable way for people to show they cared. They no longer remember to do this and I miss Joe’s hugs even more. I guess it is up to me. I can give a hug and get one in return. Or I can simply say, “I need a hug today.” Continue
Little "Hugs" I Can Give Myself
BREAKFAST IN BED. The bed is still warm. And who cares if a few crumbs get scattered around when I eat my toast?
SELECTED MUSIC. Invest in…
Added by Marta Felber on November 12, 2008 at 3:30pm —
FEEDING THE HOMELESS
12-24-2007 AT 11-2
Added by Mrs. Pamela Schreiner on November 12, 2008 at 6:17am —
We are connected,
My child and I, by
An invisible cord
Not seen by the eye.
It's not like the cord
That connects us 'til birth
This cord can't been seen
By any on Earth.
This cord does it's work
Right from the start.
It binds us together
Attached to my heart.
I know that it's there
Though no one can see
The invisible cord
From my child to me.
The strength of this cord
Added by Beth Spoor (Smart) on November 11, 2008 at 8:49pm —
I Wanted You To Know......
I Was Sitting Here In Heaven
And Having A Wonderful Day.
I Started Thinking About You
And All The Things I Didn’t Get A Chance To Say.
I Don’t Want You To Worry About Me
And Please Don’t Shed Any Tears,
Because I Will Wait For You In Heaven,
If It Takes A Hundred Years.
Everything I Had On Earth
I Have In Heaven Too!
My First Day Here
My Body Became Brand New.
It Is Really Pretty Here
And I… Continue
Added by Beth Spoor (Smart) on November 11, 2008 at 8:30pm —
I am wondering what to do and say to my friend and her family regarding the death of her sibling. He was a wonderful young man, sensitive and caring and a bit of a free spirit. As he got older he became addicted to a number of things and ended up in prison for a good many years for a horrific crime, really letting everyone down. Every relative washed their hands of him except his parents. He was released just months ago and now has died from an apparent overdose. I do not know what to say to… Continue
Added by Lily on November 7, 2008 at 8:48am —