My husband's grandparent died. I'm wondering if I'm behaving in a decent way and need some advice. [more inside]
Has someone important to you passed away? What was the most comforting/most respectful thing anyone said to you when that happened? I work with the elderly, who die at an accelerated rate. 98% of the time, I genuinely care about the deceased and would like to give comfort to the surviving family. Since this comes up a lot, I feel as if I'm repeating the same phrases over and over. I need more options. I'm specifically asking for things people said to you that were kind. [more inside]
How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
I just found out that a coworker lost her daughter today in an accident. What on earth do I say to her when I see her later this week? [more inside]
How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through?
Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through? Explanation inside. [more inside]
In the past few months, both parents of my Japanese-American (by way of Hawaii) coworker have passed away. What gift/donation might be appropriate and have special significance to her? [more inside]
I have a hard time talking to my friends about other people's terminal illnesses and/or deaths. I'd like to get better at this. [more inside]
What to write in a condolence note to the boss? [more inside]
Good ideas for a genuine token of sympathy for a 12(ish) year old girl who is about to lose her dog? [more inside]
How do I learn what to say to a friend in need? [more inside]
My very best friend lost her 6 month old baby girl to a freak accident last week. We're surrounding her and her family with love and understanding and whatever they need, but I'd love to hear the opinions of anyone who has been in this situation. What did you need or want in your time of loss? Suggestions for practical things (dinner, laundry, etc) or otherwise are all welcome.