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Holiday blues: Four mistakes we make when comforting friends who are struggling — Dying & Death Talk

We need to admit that sometimes we do not know what to say. For someone who recently had a loved one die wishing them ‘Happy Holidays’ might not be a good choice. Instead one could say: “I know it is holiday time and your ………recently died. How are you doing?” (and really listen) or be honest: “I am not sure what to say. I want you to know I am thinking of you.”

Instead of ignoring or saying something that could offend or be hurtful-put yourself in their shoes. What would you want someone to say to you? To offer?

Courtesy of USATODAY.com | Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, Opinion contributors | Photo by Martin Klimek, USA TODAY | Published 12.01.2017 | Posted 12.10.2017 If you have a loved one who’s suffering, “Happy holidays!” can feel like a cruel joke. The most wonderful time of the year? Not for everyone. Click the picture below to […]

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