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Memorial Day Poems and Quotes

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The following Memorial Day Poems and Quotes can be shared online or in a card. The memorial quote can be sent as an e-card or shared through social media by simply clicking on the photo and selecting your favorite social media option.
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Memorial Day Quotes to Remember a Loved One

For Memorial Day 2014 take the time to honor a fallen solider and let loved ones know that you remember.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
-Joseph Campbell

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage, preacher and speaker

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
-From a headstone in Ireland

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
-Lee Greenwood

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams
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Memorial Day Poems to Honor a Fallen Soldier

These poems are perfect to honor a loved one who has given all to serve their country.

Blessed

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest,
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed.

Winds of Love

May the winds of love blow softly
And whisper so you’ll hear,
We will always love and miss you
And wish that you were here.

Welcome Home

To those who fought on foreign soil,
Who for our nation did perilously toil,
Who braved the bombs and bullets and mines,
To return back home to more peaceful times,
A hearty welcome home.

Comforting Poems for Cancer Patients

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The following encouraging words and comforting poems for cancer patients can be shared online or used in a card. If you know someone who is battling cancer please take the time to let them know that you are thinking of them. This is the time that they discover who their real friends are.

A Popular Cancer Poem

This is a popular poem that has helped many. To share the image with the poem on it, simply click on it and select a social media button. It can also be send as an e-card if you know the person’s email address.

What Cancer Cannot Do

“Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the spirit.”
-Author Unknown

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You could also recommend a poetry website such as this
Collection of cancer poems from Donna Russell.

Encouraging quotes can also make wonderful card messages. I love this quote by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. [click to continue…]

Why You Should Always Include a Message When Sending Sympathy Flowers

Below you will find sympathy messages for funeral flowers that you can use as is or for inspiration to write your own message.

When you order sympathy flowers they always offer the option of adding a message and it can seem overwhelming to think of what to say. You might be tempted to leave it blank or to just sign, “With Sympathy” and your name. But taking a moment to write a message like the ones below is really worth it.

With just a line or two you can let someone know that they have your support and that you are thinking of them, sharing in their sorrow, praying for them and that you care. Sympathy flowers by themselves can be a bit of a generic gift, but adding a message they become symbol of your love and support. [click to continue…]

Sample Messages of Sympathy

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sample-messages-of-sympathyI want to offer several sample messages of sympathy to help you know how to comfort a hurting friend.

Knowing what to say when it seems like there is nothing that can be said is hard.  It feels like there are no words that can possibly be said.  And in a way, that’s true.  There really is not anything you could say or do to take away their pain.  I think that is the point.  If we are trying to make it all better or cheer them up, we are bound to say something insensitive.

Messages of Sympathy Should Not be Complicated or Elaborate

Some of the most hurtful sympathy statements come from trying to fix grief or find the “silver lining” in a tragedy.

Complicated directions and solutions really don’t make grievers feel any better. Understanding the why or the how of the situation doesn’t help either. [click to continue…]

Providing Creative Space

in Supporting Grief

Guest post by Janelle Shantz Hertzler

(author of Seasons of Solace)

Digital Scrapbook for My Son

Digital Scrapbook for My Son

After my husband was killed by a drunk driver, several of my aunts provided time, supplies, and expertise in the area of scrapbooking. Now that I am five years beyond my husband’s death and have worked on graduate studies in the area of trauma healing, I know that finding creative outlets for painful emotions is extremely helpful.

While a person is in shock, many emotions seem to “freeze up” inside them. This is a good thing because the body and person would be overwhelmed if they didn’t have that initial “shock” phase of grief. [click to continue…]

Comforting the bereaved can seem overwhelming, however it really is possible.

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Instead of trying to cheer up a grieving friend, focus on being supportive and helpful. Part of being supportive is understanding grief. Another great way to be supportive is to be a great empathetic listener. These two things can do so much to comfort a hurting loved one.

When it comes to understanding grief, it’s good to learn about the five stages of grief . If you want to learn more about grief you can do so by visiting our resources.
If you don’t have the time right now to really sit down and learn this stuff then just read the next thing.
There is one thing that will only take you a moment to learn and will help you immensely in comforting the bereaved. This one thing will completely change the way that you relate to grieving individuals. [click to continue…]

If you need to write a condolence letter, rest assured.  It’s not as hard as you might think.  Read these important tips to get a good start and to stay on the right track.  Soon you will have a comforting letter that you can be sure will mean a lot to the recipient.

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A few things to keep in mind before you start your letter.

A condolence letter should be sent as soon as possible, ideally within the first two weeks following the death.
Ideally, a sympathy letter should be hand-written.  However, if you are writing a formal condolence letter for say a co-worker or business partner it should be typed with a hand-written signature.
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Are you wondering if you should send a belated sympathy card? Many people wonder if “late is better than never” when it comes to sympathy cards.

Ideally you want to send a sympathy card within the first two weeks of the death, however don’t think that just because you are late you should avoid sending a card at all.

There are several good reasons why you should still send a sympathy card.

  • Grieving individuals are still in need of comfort and support for months and years after the loss of a loved one.
  • As cards, gifts and visitors dwindle over the weeks after a death, the bereaved may feel that everyone else has moved on.
  • Your card may be even more treasured now that the initial shock of grief has worn off. Perhaps your card will find them at a very lonely time when they need to know that others still care.

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Our question today about writing a message of sympathy for a family tragedy and it is from Margaret.  She writes:

I need a suitable sympathy message for a friend who lost a daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters in a fatal car accident.

My friend has just lost four members of her family in a devastating accident and I would like to enclose a sympathy poem or verse to give her comfort at this time.

Please can you help?

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Today we have an important question from an anonymous reader.  She writes:

My daughter has had a miscarriage after trying for over a year to conceive her first child. She was 11 weeks and is totally devastated.

 

Dear Caring Mother,

I am sorry for you and your daughter during this difficult time. A miscarriage is a devastating loss and unfortunately one that is often underestimated.

I am glad your daughter has somebody in her life who will be able to provide support and comforting words. [click to continue…]