Robbie Miller Kaplan's Blog – April 2009 Archive (3)

The importance of acknowledging anniversaries

This April, we’ve had two anniversaries of tragic events that deeply touched our lives: Columbine High School and Virginia Tech. Many of us remember where we were when we heard the news and how fixed we were on media coverage. Some of us lived in towns where the victims lived; some of us lived far away. Even if we didn’t know the victims or their families, we all felt touched.

Despite how easily the news of these tragedies overshadows our days, we quickly pick up the…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on April 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What’s appropriate to share?

When my cousin died many years ago, a poem she wrote about her herself, her husband and children was read at her funeral. My aunt had the poem written in calligraphy and gave me a copy for my birthday. Decades passed and my cousin’s children married and had children of their own. One day, I realized I no longer lingered to read the poem and wondered if my cousin’s daughter would better appreciate it. But I wasn’t sure if it would open old wounds so I wrote her a letter to ask if she’d like…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on April 14, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Visitation Etiquette

It’s easy to feel uncomfortable when you don’t know what to expect and that’s what happened to someone who recently attended a visitation. Visitations and funerals are not the same but they usually go hand in hand.

The visitation is a little less formal than the funeral and it’s an opportunity to provide support to the bereaved and spend some time visiting and speaking with the family. Funerals don’t afford that interaction. Some folks go to the visitation and the funeral…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on April 1, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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