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My uncle's dying. What can I do for him and his family?

My uncle (by marriage) has terminal cancer. His doctors have just recommended hospice care. We're medium-close; I see him and his family every couple of years. I live about 300 miles away. What can I do for him? For his wife (my mom's sister) and his grown kids? What can I say? Thank you.
posted by The Minotaur on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Not My Grandma

My husband's grandparent died. I'm wondering if I'm behaving in a decent way and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 5, 2014 - 15 answers

What to send/do for a friend who lost her preemie?

A friend who lives far from me delivered a beautiful baby boy yesterday at 24 weeks and lost him only hours later. I would like to send her something, what should I send? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Aug 20, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me be more sensitive.

My mother and I fought (details inside) and I realized that I'm becoming a bit of a insensitive person when it comes to sharing feelings. I guess I don't realize when people just want to talk about how they feel and when they're actually looking for solutions. How do I learn this? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Apr 3, 2013 - 17 answers

What was the most comforting condolence sentence you ever heard?

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]
posted by Lately Gone on Mar 21, 2013 - 79 answers

Fairness and compensation

I feel that since older, attractive, successful guys get so much love already, I shouldn't like them. It just feels unfair, so much so that I try to deny my feelings and COMPENSATE by liking the opposite. This has terrible results. How do I stop thinking like this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Writing a thank-you, with a side of hurricane sympathy?

I've got a thank-you note to write to a friend of my parents'-- already quite late, since the gift was given early last month. Difficulty: since then, the recipient's house was damaged fairly badly by Hurricane Sandy, and she's been struggling with the aftermath. I feel like her current rough situation warrants some sort of extra gesture or comment beyond the usual thank-you boilerplate, but what might that be? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 9, 2012 - 8 answers

I second that emotion.

Does anyone know how to prevent becoming verklempt? [more inside]
posted by Grlnxtdr on Jul 31, 2012 - 18 answers

Sending thoughts and, err, stuff

ComfortFilter: Looking for a better way to express sympathy and support than just "We're keeping you in our thoughts." Can't just be for close loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on May 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Tea and sympathy?

Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Sep 23, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I be more helpful?

My default response when someone has a problem is to fix the problem. I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 23, 2011 - 31 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

What to say to a parent who suddenly loses their child?

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]
posted by bookmammal on Feb 21, 2011 - 33 answers

How can I survive my mother's death?

How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2011 - 36 answers

Bible Verse Recommendations Sought

A woman I know, who is a devout Christian, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Can you recommend an appropriate bible verse for the letter I'm sending her telling her I'm thinking of her? (Note, I'm pretty much a non-believer.)
posted by anastasiav on Jan 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Gift for a friend on an anniversary of loss

Gift ideas for a dear friend on the 3rd anniversary of a lost baby? [more inside]
posted by Zophi on Jan 7, 2011 - 36 answers

Marking a sad occasion

A couple of dear friends are breaking up. I am seeing them during their separation phase to hang out for old time's sake. What nice thing can I do for them during this sad time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Best flowers when someone is seriously ill?

What types of flowers or arrangements are appropriate for the family of someone in the ICU? [more inside]
posted by GarotaDaCidade on Sep 14, 2009 - 16 answers

Helping a friend after her first-ever breakup

How can I help a friend through her first-ever breakup? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Jun 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Can I help my therapist?

My psychotherapist's husband is very ill, perhaps dying. I have a strong relationship with my therapist, but we have always maintained clear doctor/patient boundaries. What (if anything) can I do to offer support without overstepping the boundaries of our relationship?
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 11 answers

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]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Does the IRS Negotiate?

Taxfilter: Is it possible to negotiate with the IRS? [more inside]
posted by brigita on Apr 13, 2009 - 8 answers

In lieu of flowers...

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]
posted by acorn1515 on Mar 24, 2009 - 7 answers

"You're in our thoughts and prayers"

When did "thoughts and prayers" become such a commonplace expression of sympathy? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Feb 16, 2009 - 11 answers

What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift?

What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful on Jun 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Picking teams for the upcoming interspecies tournament of death...

At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor). What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 18, 2008 - 8 answers

How to say "I'm sorry" without actually saying it

Alternatives to "I'm sorry..." [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne on Dec 8, 2007 - 35 answers

Expressing sympathy to a well liked acquaintance

My excellent mechanic has obviously been going through some personal problems the last few days. [more inside]
posted by brevator on Aug 22, 2007 - 14 answers

How to talk to friends about death and illness if you hate talking about it?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 12 answers

What do you write in a condolence note?

What to write in a condolence note to the boss? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jan 23, 2007 - 6 answers

I don't bruise

Why don't I bruise? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Nov 7, 2006 - 26 answers

Gift for a 12 year old that's about to grieve her dog.

Good ideas for a genuine token of sympathy for a 12(ish) year old girl who is about to lose her dog? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Why the hell do people do this right before the holidays?

My future mother-in-law was laid off unexpectedly this week. She probably had a week's notice. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by saucy on Nov 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Being there for a long-distance friend

How can I be there for a long-distance friend who's going through a devastating breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2005 - 14 answers

A friend in need is a friend not in need of me.

How do I learn what to say to a friend in need? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Apr 19, 2005 - 18 answers

How to support a friend who has lost a baby

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.
posted by chiababe on Nov 16, 2004 - 19 answers

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