When Your Friend Is Grieving

Whats Your Grief: Helping Your Friends Help You

{This Post is reposted from the blog “Whats Your Grief” under the heading “Helping Your Friends Help You”, You can click the link here to go to the original.} Warning: today’s post is about something that will annoy at least half of you. Seriously. I know from experience. I have […]

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Nichum Aveilim: Comforting the Mourners

As some of the readers may know, our family lost our beloved son, Eric Eliezer Levenson (z”l), a year and a half ago. Because we believe it is important, and may be beneficial to others, to be open about the cause of his death, that he took his own life […]

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How to Love Someone Who is Grieving Their Child

When someone you love has experienced the loss of a child, it’s hard on everyone. They are engulfed in a sea of unbearable pain and grief and sorrow while you may be struggling to stand beside them, wondering what to say, what to do, and what they need. You love […]

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6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent

If you’re a bereaved parent, you can probably count on at least five hands the number of phrases you wish people would never, ever say to you.  If only there was a way for the world to learn how to speak compassionately to the brokenhearted.  What many people believe is […]

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How to Make a Tragic Shiva Call

Every shiva is hard, but some are harder than others. Recently, I went to the second kind of shiva: the shiva for our friend who was tragically, oh-my-God-shockingly, killed in a cycling accident at the age of 36. He was healthy and happy; he had a wife whom he adored and four small children whom […]

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