Conversations for the Comforter
If you are a friend of someone who is living through their seasons of grief, Conversations for the Comforter will offer practical suggestions on how to come close to that grieving friend. Learning to comfort others is a skill untaught in our society, but needed so desperately. As you gain confidence to come close to broken hearted people, it is our hope the ripple of comfort will extend around the globe.
Coming along side a grieving friend immediately after the death of someone they love is probably one of the most intentional acts of selfless caring we can do. But how many of us are hesitant and uncertain about what to do or say. Here are a few ideas that my...read more
I know you don’t mean to avoid the hurting coworker. You didn’t intent to exclude the grieving mother in the group. The bereaved widower is not left out intentionally. It just happens. At the same time, you want to know that when you do step closer to someone in...read more
So it may have been several weeks or months since you stood by the side of your friend at the funeral or services of someone they loved dearly. While life has gone on somewhat normally for you, it hasn’t been the same for your friend. On the outside, he or she might...read more
Alligator skin is not bunny fur. Just like, cow hide is not bird feathers. So what does this little brief zoology lesson have to do with being a compassionate comforter? Here it is in one sentence: comfort others in your own skin. Comfort in your own Skin If you...read more
Every once in awhile I come across another author who allows the words in his heart to say what I really need to hear, know or understand. A few days ago I came across Mike Tucker's post on FaceBook following the death of his beloved wife, Gayle. With his permission...read more
Comforting a grieving friend can have its prickly moments, but when authentic support is given and received, it is deeply satisfying for both parties. While it is basic to our shared humanity that we need each other, at times we push away those who are the very ones...read more
You may have people in your circle of family or friends who have been processing the pain of the death of a loved one. What kind of gift would be appropriate and demonstrate your genuine care for them? Here are a few suggestions. If you know of other ideas, please...read more
So You're Uncomfortable ~ Do you know why you feel uncomfortable and awkward about reaching out to a grieving friend? There are probably many reasons, but the one I want us to think about as we race through the holidays, is this: We use our own paradigm to guide our...read more
Christmas is almost here! What an amazing time of year.....YES, an amazing time of year. I’m not sure it is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” for those who grieve, but it is amazing. What amazes me is the human capacity to feel loss in the midst of decorations,...read more
Dear Friend, So many of us are touched by your pain. We may have spent a sleepless night wondering how difficult this time of loss must be for you. We might have prayed for you countless times throughout the day as thoughts of your sorrow crept into our...read more
I’ve saved the blog you wrote about my Dad’s funeral and how it affects generations. Thanks so much for capturing a meaningful part of our family’s grief.Robert
Steve and Karen thanks for sharing from your hearts. You have led the way helping so many through their journeys of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you!Connie
Our mission is to be a supportive and compassionate companion for those who grieve and helpful, encouraging insight for those who comfort them.
It is our desire that this web site become one of your shared resources when you meet a grieving friend. Our second, yet equally important goal is to offer significant and relevant information so that CfD remains one of your go-to places for your own benefit.