Category: comforting mourners


I wasn’t even 12 years old when my Daddy died. He had been home for an entire year, don’t remember what he did all day, because Momma never told us. Who knew he was dying? Who even knew what that meant? Not me, not my younger siblings. We were clueless. One day they came to… Read more »

Do Men and Women Grieve Differently?

Do Men and Women Grieve the Same?   Interesting question, isn’t it? We have all seen men and women grieve, but have we “really seen?” Sure, they both cry, and we try to comfort them the best we can, but after the family and friends leave the house, and the griever is left alone, then… Read more »

Brittany Maynard Did Not Die!

Some people that you and I know live their lives, but they are deadened ones. They teach us no life-lessons, they give not of themselves to anyone else, they care about no one but themselves. So when they die, they are hardly noticed. Because they did not live and contribute to the knowledge and emotions… Read more »

Why Does It Take Some People So Long to Heal?

Actually, it’s a trick question. The reality is, it takes people as long as it takes. Some take longer to heal, while some take less time. There are lots of variables which contribute to the answer, such as how close they were to the loved one, or how many previous losses they have healed from…. Read more »

Joan Rivers and Robin Williams: When Heavy Humor is a Mask for Heavy Pain

The world has recently lost two wonderful entertainers, and we are all mourning their deaths, even though few of us knew them personally. Why are we so sad? I believe there are two reasons. First, we wish we could have been like them. Both of them were funny and popular, stars of stage, screen and… Read more »

We Loved Robin Williams-and here is why

  Just think about it, most of us didn’t know him personally, yet we were profoundly affected by the death of Robin Williams. What are some of the reasons that his death affected us so greatly? Why? What effect did he have on us that caused our tears to shed and our hearts to break… Read more »

How Do We Heal After the Government Shutdown?

  For many in America, the 16-day shutdown was a national grief event that affected us all. It wasn’t like somebody was attacked in another state or in a different part of the country. It wasn’t like we didn’t know the victims. We were the victims, and almost everyone we know was somehow affected by… Read more »

From Grieving to Healing: 10 Tips to Comforting Mourners

From Grieving to Healing:  10 Tips to Comforting Mourners Rabbi Mel Glazer  1. Don’t talk too much. Let the mourners set the tone. If they want to talk, talk.And if they just want to sit quietly and not talk, don’t intrude on their privacy. Let the mourners control how they respond to their loss.  2…. Read more »