It happens all the time. Something has us stressed, upset, or worried and we search for comfort. But what we really need is someone to listen; someone to give us their full attention as we share our fears and concerns. We’re not looking for advice, we’re looking for understanding. And we each have the power to give this all important gift – our time and attention.
It’s hard to ask for support but we can’t expect our friends and loved ones to be mind readers and intuitively…
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 25, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments
When someone dies, all we have left are our memories. Sympathy notes that express your condolences bring comfort to the bereaved. The most meaningful ones include your thoughts, personal memories and, if possible, a treasured story. Photographs are especially appreciated.
Expressing condolences can be a challenge when you never met the deceased. Instead of first hand observations, you can draw on the…Continue
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 20, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments
What happens when someone you care about is grieving a loss and you know you said the wrong thing? That’s what happened to a friend of mine. She attended a family dinner and said something to her sister-in-law that she immediately knew was inappropriate. She didn’t know what to do, so she said nothing and her sister-in-law never mentioned it either. And even though the relationship seems fine, my friend feels guilty and wonders if there is something she can say a year later to make…Continue
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 18, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Welcome to Comforting Words! We’ve all faced a situation that’s left us speechless. A friend shares a devastating medical diagnosis, or you learn via e-mail of a relative’s death. What do you say? We’ve all been at a loss for words when we've needed them most. My goal in creating this blog is to provide a forum to share stories, ideas, and resources that will help us feel confident when confronted with unexpected news of loss and difficult times. And most important, I’d like to…Continue
Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on November 18, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments