How to Help a Mourner

I guess this is sort of a “Lessons Learned” post in reverse. Not so much lessons we’ve learned this last week, but more of a “What To Do” if you’re ever in the situation yourself.

One week ago, Dot’s boyfriend of over two and half years passed away. In the week since, we continue to experience an amass of emotions and while some people have been wonderfully considerate, we’ve had some experiences that could have been avoided.

This post is dedicated to helping people on the outside understand how they can (and can’t) help someone in mourning.

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I’ve always loved the dual purpose word: Beat (a rhythm, an action). Class (a group, a status). So “resume” and “resume’ ” aren’t exactly the same thing, but… it’s late, so that’s all the brain-power you get from me right now.

This post is scheduled for Sunday, but I’m writing it Friday night. Actually, I’m linking it.

It’s going to be a non-writing weekend for various reasons, plus I’m trying to boost my blog popularity (like that’s anything new). So the following is a list of my Very Important Posts from the last few months. These are the posts that … read the rest. . .

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Peace Like a River

During this week, I’ve found myself singing hymns. Not intentionally. They just roll out of me as easy as breathing. I don’t even know I’m doing it until I hear the sound of my own voice.

“Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” have been two of the top three.

“It Is Well With My Soul” is the third. The story of how it was written makes it even more dear to me right now.

Horatio Spafford was a successful attorney in 1870’s Chicago, who suffered several tragedies in a short span:

  • 1871: Spafford’s only son died at age 4
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