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Condolence Letters

Changing the Way We Experience Loss and Death

Laura McCorkindale | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Laura McCorkindale

This is the one gem of light in the otherwise torturous loss of a loved one. Being conscious of this gift, allowing it and remembering it (for yourself and others) could be life changing during grieving, so spread the word.

How to Write a Condolence Letter: 5 Suggestions

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Who knows what to say when someone dies? Often, not knowing what to say, we put off writing the note and eventually don't say anything. The intention to write is there, but what to say isn't easy or obvious.

Shedding Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Military

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While I recognize that the military is a unique institution with its own codes of conduct and ethos, this policy, tacit though it may be, of stigmatizing mental illness has got to end.


Sarah Richards Kim, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Richards Kim, M.D.

Some have suggested that sending a condolence card is in fact part of a physician's professional obligation to a patient. Families may be comforted by the affirmation that their loved one was not merely a name on a roster, but a person, whose death is noteworthy.

What's Happening To The 500,000 Condolence Letters To Newtown

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.07.2013 | Parents

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the town of Newtown, Conn., was flooded with support a variety of forms. A group from a...

Memorial Day Wishes for Our "Evolving" President

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Perhaps, like his stance on gay marriage, President Obama's stance on soldier suicides can "evolve" into the only humane and thoughtful position -- that of sending condolences to the families of all troops who commit suicide.

Improve Mental-Health Care for Our Troops

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Obama should use the bully pulpit to urge troops and veterans to seek help if they are depressed, suffering from PTSD or suicidal. He should also trumpet legislation to fund more mental-health counselors for the armed forces and for veterans.

Mentally Ill Veterans Deserve Our Support

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Perhaps the time will come when President Obama and Senator McCain, two patriots, will work together to improve the mental-health care of our veterans. Until then, the stigma persists.

Why Hasn't President Obama Changed His Policy on Writing Letters of Condolence ?

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

Part of the solution should be acknowledging that mental illness in the form of suicidal behavior can be brought about or exacerbated by the rigors of military service. When this results in the death of one of our soldiers, their loved ones deserve our sympathy and understanding.

Marcus Baram

Family Of Suicide Soldier Still Waiting For Condolence Letter From Obama | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last August, Gregg Keesling was at home watching President Obama's speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in which the president stated that one of hi...