The 10 Best and 10 Worst Things to Say to Someone in Grief

what to say to someone who is grieving
Many of us have said “The Best” and “The Worst.” We meant no harm, in fact the opposite. We were trying to comfort. A grieving person may say one of the worst ones about themselves and it’s OK.

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Meaningful funerals do not just happen.


Creating meaningful preplanned funerals... they don't just happen.
Meaningful funerals do not just happen.

They are well-thought-out rituals that, at least for a day or two, demand your time, focus and attention. Like no other time before or after the death, the funeral invites us to focus on our past relationship with that one, single person and to share those memories with others.

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“I wear a bow tie to support Multiple Sclerosis.”

Bob and Chris Biggins - The Bow Tie Project“Sometimes life throws us obstacles that feel insurmountable.” said Robert J. Biggins, Former NFDA President.

The Bow Tie project began at Faulkner Hospital in Boston, from the vision of the talented medical team of Steve Drewniak, Larry Starr and Paul Rizzolli. In 2004, my dear wife Chris was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Have a heart: it's the key for many funeral insurance consultants.

Have a HeartCompassion.
Sympathetic pity.
Concern for the misfortune of others.

Our jobs as funeral insurance consultants require exercising a great deal of each of these. We must be good listeners. In aftercare situations we deal day-in and day-out with the bereaved.

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7 Things You Can Do to Heal After Pet Loss (Part 2)

7 Things You Can Do to Heal After Pet LossThe healings begins after losing a pet.

What happens when our beloved pet dies? Are our friends, family and co-workers equally as accepting? And for that matter, are we accepting of our own grief – or do we simply try to function “on top” of the feelings?

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7 Things You Can Do to Heal After Pet Loss (Part 1)

7 Things You Can Do to Heal After Pet Loss (Part 1)Loss, and the resulting heartache,
is a part of life.

And usually we’re faced with doing the best we can to manage the sorrow left behind, and carry on with our day-to-day responsibilities. Yet, at such a time, we are hampered by unrecognized, unacknowledged, and untended symptoms of grief.

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‘Tis the season to enter the “Christmas Pet Photo Contest”

PRESS RELEASE November 28, 2012
Security National Life cares about your whole family – including pets

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Security National Life launches Christmas Pet Photo Contest because for many of us, pets are also part of the family. Security National Life aims to celebrate our furry friends and inform owners that with every preneed insurance policy, they provide a pet protection supplemental benefit.

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Keeping Memories Alive

Keeping Memories AliveMany physical items hold our memories and we treasure them not for themselves, but for what they inspire us to remember.

Much the way photos moves us, sometimes to tears, often to hysterical laughing, those clothes, that hair! These keepsakes can be anything from cards, photos, a ratty chewed up slipper a beloved pet commandeered.

Today, I came across a card from my mother. It was the last card she ever gave me and there it was – her signature, once bold, in perfect cursive, now faint and slightly shaky as the ravages of ALS sets in, “To My Sweetheart” on the envelope.

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10 Comforting Things to Say to a Grieving Person

10 Comforting Things to Say to a Grieving Person
Do you know what you should and shouldn't say?

Today we explore part two of this series on what to say to a grieving person. When offering condolences, there are plenty of things not to say to a grieving person; finding the right words can be harder. A risk we take is to be well-intentioned but our words come out misguided.

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