Robbie Miller Kaplan's Blog – July 2012 Archive (2)

Respecting Different Mourning Rituals

We live in a multicultural age where many of us have family members from different faiths and nationalities. And yet when someone in our social circle or community dies and they’re from a different culture or faith, we often seem at a loss for what’s appropriate to do. If we ignore the religious and cultural rituals of the bereaved, we run the risk that our thoughtful gesture may cause confusion rather than solace.


For example, a friend was perplexed after his…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on July 16, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

What Not to Say in Sympathy Notes

Years ago I had the opportunity to read condolence notes sent to a friend upon the death of her teenage daughter. There were hundreds of sympathy cards and handwritten notes, many of them thoughtfully and beautifully written. But to this day, there was one that still disturbs me.


The sender, an old friend, expressed her condolences. But she went on to mention that she was sitting in her home office working on her expense reports. Her next door neighbor was having…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on July 2, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

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