Guest post by Janelle Shantz Hertzler (author of Seasons of Solace) 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… Continue reading Providing Creative Space
Comforting the bereaved can seem overwhelming, however it really is possible. Instead of trying to cheer up a grieving friend, focus on being supportive and helpful. Part of being supportive is understanding grief.
If you need to write a sympathy note, here is the perfect thing to help you out. A hand-written sympathy note is a wonderful expression of sympathy. It really is not difficult to do. I can walk you through it. A sympathy note only needs to be about 5-10 sentences long. Sympathy notes tend to… Continue reading How to Write a Sympathy Note
When it comes to offering words of sympathy, even close friends are at a loss for words. You may be wondering if you should say something. You might be worried about saying the wrong thing or coming across as insincere.
When it comes to knowing how to express sympathy many people are at a loss for words. Expressing sympathy can seem overwhelming at first glance, but when you look at from the perspective of what you would want if you were the one grieving, it can really put things into perspective. Most grieving individuals simply… Continue reading How to Express Sympathy: What to Say & What Not to Say