What to say and what not to say to someone that is grieving

Finding the right words to say to someone who has been bereaved can be really tough, and though you have the best of intentions, sometimes you end up hurting them more by saying the wrong things. Have you ever found yourself in that position of saying something really inappropriate?Here are a few pointers on what to say and what not to say. *** Do you laugh when someone’s grocery bag…

10 short verses for funerals

Many people choose to read memorial or bereavement poems at a funeral. Some of the world’s greatest poets have written down their thoughts and feelings on the loss of their loved ones, which may help you understand your own emotions. Whether it is finding the perfect way to express your love, or finding the words that capture what your loved one would have thought, poetry can give you great comfort in voicing…

How to Cope When it Seems Like Everyone Wants to Forget

I recently read a quote from grief researcher and theorist Kenneth Doka that said: “All grief becomes disenfranchised over time” To be honest, I read this off a PowerPoint slide that I randomly stumbled upon on the Internet so I don’t have much context (though I can tell you that the name of the presentation was “Disenfranchised Grief in the 21st Century: New Problems, New Strategies”). Regardless, I think I understand…

Funeral poems for Dad

When your dad has died, you might want to honour his life and legacy by reciting a memorial verse or poem at the funeral service. During a difficult time, it might be a struggle to find the right words to express what he meant to you. Whether you are looking for inspiration to help you pen a few special words in an eulogy or looking to something meaningful to say,…