Tongue tied: How to say you’re sorry for someone’s loss

Expressing condolences to someone who’s grieving can leave even the most articulate among us feeling tongue tied. What should I say? Should I send a card? Flowers? Maybe I should pop around to see them? Is an email or Facebook message OK? It’s hard to know what...

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Fragrant florals: What do different funeral flowers mean?

Unsure about what flowers to send to a funeral? If so, you’re not alone. There are so many choices, particularly these days as there are far more varieties on offer and flowers that were once only seasonally available are now on hand all year round. Before you tell...

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A day without Dad: Getting through grief on Father’s Day

Being fatherless at any time can be tough. But it’s interesting how a commercially-driven calendar event can hammer home feelings that may otherwise remain under the surface. Greeting cards, TV ads and social media feeds tell us how we’re supposed to feel on Father’s...

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Small screen grief: Our top 10 memorable TV episodes

With the ability to beam action, adventure and romance directly into our homes, television has become an undeniable part of our cultural psyche. As we settle in to watch our favourite TV shows, we become invested in the characters and what’s going on in their lives –...

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A gift to the living: How to write a memorable eulogy

Most of us have heard about one study or another that claims public speaking is our number one fear. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld even made a joke about it in one of his stand-up routines noting that: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking....

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Social media and grief: To post or not to post

Hands up. Who’s guilty of reaching for their mobile phone as soon as the alarm goes off in the morning? Bleary eyed, you start swiping through your social media feeds to see what’s happened overnight. Aunty Joan has invited you (yet again!) to play Candy Crush. That...

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