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How to Write Comforting Letters to the Bereaved
A Simple Guide for a Delicate Task





ISBN 9780895032560
Published June 15, 2001 by Routledge
48 Pages

 
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"How to Write Comforting Letters to the Bereaved" guides readers through the delicate task of penning their thoughts and emotions to friends or family members suffering the loss of a loved one. It lays out an array of suggestions, precautions and examples in a clear and informed style. This friendly, easy-to-read guide enables professional caregivers and lay readers alike to quickly take what they need from a number of considerations, such as: how to start such a letter; how to elaborate on the relationship, the loss, and its meaning to the reader; various ways to help survivors regardless of geographic distance; important precautions about what to avoid; different approaches to talking about religious faith; the inclusion of humor; plus follow-up letters long after the funeral; and more.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

The Day After the Funeral

Who Can Use This Book?

How Do I Start?

How Can I Elaborate?

How Can I Help?

How Do I Refer to the Deceased?

What If I Never Knew the Deceased?

Is There Anything I Should Avoid?

What About E-mail?

How Do I Talk About Faith?

What About Humor?

Dare I Use the “D” Word?

How Do I Finish?

How Can I Put It All Together?

I’m All Done, Right?

A Final Word

About the Author

An Invitation 

 

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