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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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What Not to Say

What Not to Say

How to Act around Grievers

(p.163) 26 What Not to Say
The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how to act appropriately around grieving individuals, describing the case of Shula, a mother grieving over the death of her son, and who received discouraging words from her so-called comforters. It explains that mourners are in a very vulnerable state following the death of their loved one and that things said lightly or thoughtlessly can be taken very hard. The chapter suggests that one appropriate way to enter a house of mourning is silently, and also provides recommended comforting words to say to a mourner.

Keywords:   grieving individuals, mourners, death, mourning, comforting words

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