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…


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…


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

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