Florence Isaacs's Blog – January 2011 Archive (2)

Remembering the Anniversary of a Death

Q. Next month is the first anniversary of the death of a friend’s daughter. Is it appropriate to call or write at that time to acknowledge the anniversary, or will that just stir up painful memories?

 

A. Your concern about causing pain is a common one. Yet one of the best things you can do for someone who has lost a loved one is talk about—and listen to the person talk about—the deceased. This is true not only around the…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Reflections on Reader Response

Reader mail is always gratifying for a writer, which is why I’ve departed from my usual Q&A format to discuss it this month. So many people have e-mailed me about topics covered in this column. The subject of giving a eulogy drew the biggest response. In a column on the topic, I wrote, “First, understand that brevity is a virtue. It’s fine to speak for no more than five to seven minutes. This is not the Gettysburg Address.”

 

To my shock, many readers taught me a…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

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