Robbie Miller Kaplan's Blog – December 2009 Archive (2)

No holiday from grief

The holidays are upon us and while many of us revel in the joy family traditions bring, for those grieving a loss, the holidays can hold little joy.

So what should we do for those we care about mourning a loss? Do we send cards? Buy gifts? Try to cheer them up?

For starters, it’s important to understand that grief is very individual and runs its own course. It’s not something anyone can control and the bereaved need to mourn their loss at their own pace and in their own…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on December 9, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

How late is too late for condolence notes?

A reader wonders, “Is it too late to send a condolence note six months after a death?” I’m not aware of a statute of limitations when it comes to condolence notes, but how late is too late? Is it appropriate to send a note six months or even one year after a death?

Your first consideration should be the bereaved. How might they feel when they receive your belated note? Will they be comforted that someone remembers them and their loved one? Will they feel better knowing…


Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on December 1, 2009 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

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