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The Perils of Platitudes -- What Not To Say To Someone Who Is Grieving (And What You Can Do Instead!)

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 06.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Here are four common, yet totally unhelpful, platitudes to avoid when speaking to someone who is grieving. All of them share this one thing in common: while the statement may in fact be true, it will like serve to invalidate what one is feeling rather than help them feel supported.

8 'Stupid' Things Caring People Say About Grief

Mark Liebenow | Posted 03.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

Many people have not lost someone close. They want to help and take the pain away, but they haven't experienced grief and often say what makes those who are grieving feel worse. These are some of the phrases I heard after my wife died. If you're inclined to say them to someone who is grieving, do this instead -- ask how the person is doing, and listen.

Yoga Teacher Talk: Inspiration or Mind-Numbing Nonsense?

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

No one plans for exclusions. And yet they happen. Only certain people feel comfortable; only some have access. These exclusionary circumstances are changeable, though not solely through personal decision-making.

Why Herman Cain Won, and Why You Might See Rick Perry in Mickey Mouse Slippers Next Week

Christopher Ingram | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

Voters are looking for someone who calls a socialist president a socialist, not whatever euphemistic poll-tested answer Mitt Romney calls President Obama.

Sarah Wins ...

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

... assuming we just watched her audition for bodacious wrongwing talk show host, not Vice President of the United States of America. The Republicans...