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My Deepest Sympathies...: Meaningful Sentiments for Condolence Notes and Conversations, Plus a Guide to Eulogies [Kindle Edition]

Florence Isaacs
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Never are we more concerned with getting it right than when writing to one who has suffered a loss. In My Deepest Sympathies--, letter-writing guru Florence Isaacs guides us through the ins and outs of offering comfort and support with short yet meaningful notes that will long be remembered by their recipients. She offers guidelines for diverse situations, with sample letters to draw on, so that it's easy to strike the appropriate tone every time.
        
Isaacs explains that the individual circumstances help determine what's appropriate to say in a sympathy note, and she provides specific techniques for a wide range of relationships, from the death of a coworker's spouse to the loss of a friend's elderly parent from Alzheimer's. She also addresses complex situations like the death of an ex-wife, an estranged sibling, or a longtime companion. She even includes thoughtful words for the death of a pet.

Whether it's for a blank note or a few extra lines on a card, Isaacs's advice runs the gamut from personal to professional. And she explains how to provide real help to the bereaved by making phone calls, running errands, or simply lending an ear. Information on funerals, memorial services, and proper etiquette when someone of a different culture has died will help readers avoid missteps in potentially awkward situations. Isaacs closes with techniques for effective eulogies, plus a special appendix of actual eulogies that illustrate ways in which readers can memorialize a loved one for family and friends.
        
Filled with practical information, My Deepest Sympathies-- makes it simple to say and do the right thing at difficult times.


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Never are we more concerned with getting it right than when writing to one who has suffered a loss. In My Deepest Sympathies--, letter-writing guru Florence Isaacs guides us through the ins and outs of offering comfort and support with short yet meaningful notes that will long be remembered by their recipients. She offers guidelines for diverse situations, with sample letters to draw on, so that it's easy to strike the appropriate tone every time.

Isaacs explains that the individual circumstances help determine what's appropriate to say in a sympathy note, and she provides specific techniques for a wide range of relationships, from the death of a coworker's spouse to the loss of a friend's elderly parent from Alzheimer's. She also addresses complex situations like the death of an ex-wife, an estranged sibling, or a longtime companion. She even includes thoughtful words for the death of a pet.

Whether it's for a blank note or a few extra lines on a card, Isaacs's advice runs the gamut from personal to professional. And she explains how to provide real help to the bereaved by making phone calls, running errands, or simply lending an ear. Information on funerals, memorial services, and proper etiquette when someone of a different culture has died will help readers avoid missteps in potentially awkward situations. Isaacs closes with techniques for effective eulogies, plus a special appendix of actual eulogies that illustrate ways in which readers can memorialize a loved one for family and friends.

Filled with practical information, My Deepest Sympathies-- makes it simple to say and do the right thing at difficult times.

About the Author

A past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, FLORENCE ISAACS has contributed regularly to Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Redbook, Self, Parents, McCall's, and Reader's Digest, among others. She is the author of Just a Note to Say--, Business Notes, and Toxic Friends/True Friends. Isaacs is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Manhattan with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0609605658
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1st edition (February 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS2XQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book for everyone August 14, 2000
Format:Hardcover
For me, writing a condolence note has always been right up there with having a tooth pulled at the dentist. I never know exactly what to say, which is why Isaacs' book, "My Deepest Sympathies," is so valuable. She covers every conceivable situation (including the really tough ones, like the death of a child or suicide) and every relationship, so that you can write something personal, without worrying about sounding dumb or insensitive. When a client's wife died, it was such a relief to pull out the book, turn to the right chapter, and find tips and examples that helped me write my own appropriate words. The chapter on composing eulogies is a bonus.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bereavement October 25, 2005
Format:Hardcover
It is not easy to give voice to anyone who is grieving. This book offers appropriate suggestions and words in and for different situations. It helped me to compose a sympathy letter to the family of a dear friend when I couldn't think of anything that was fresh and sincere. The author has focussed on loving words as offerings of tenderness and caring for the bereaved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps one of my weaknesses. June 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book, My Deepest Sympathies, has solved one of my weaknesses. I have always had trouble writing sympathy cards and letters to friends that have suffered the loss of a loved one. This book is full of ideas and suggestions of what to say and how to say it with out sticking your foot in your mouth or unintentionally hurting or upsetting the recipient.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference for difficult times May 24, 2013
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This book is extremely helpful if you never quite know what to write to someone who has suffered a loss. Sometimes a standard greeting card is not enough and you'd like to add a personal note which can mean so much to the receiver. If that is the case, then this book is for you. Although the author focuses on written notes, she also gives advice on what to say, and what kind of things you can do, for someone who is grieving. She even discusses how to offer comfort when one loses a pet as well as the various ways you can give a eulogy.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of help February 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book had fluff in it -- and then there would be some parts that showed actual writings from others - giving you ideas on how or what to write to someone. Check bookstores first - then find something and order on amazon.
I didn't find the pet section very comforting - as I recently lost my 17 year old dog. I think this author needs to really be grieving before she writes anymore books - maybe even "revise" this book. You can find more help online free! Eulogies too! Even for your pet!
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