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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 09, 2019. 8 comments

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

If someone close to you has ever lost a child, you know how devastating that type of loss can be—and how utterly helpless it can feel to those who love them and can’t ease their pain. While there is no “fixing” this deep of a loss, there are things that friends and family can do to support them as they grieve.

Author Kimberly Calabrese, who lost her daughter Paris at six months old, wrote the...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Mar 25, 2019. 12 comments

How to Write a Condolence Note

How to Write a Condolence Note

It’s hard to know what to do or say when someone you know loses a person who was close to them. Grief is a scary and amorphous thing, and if you haven’t experienced it, reaching out can feel like overstepping a boundary or reminding someone of something they’re trying to forget.

But grief is as isolating as it is painful, and it is important to let bereaved friends and acquaintances know you...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Oct 12, 2018. 10 comments

How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage, Explained By Redditors 

How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage, Explained By Redditors 

Close to 30 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, by one estimate. And yet so many moms and dads still suffer in silence. How do you support a friend or family member who has lost a baby? October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and in a powerful Reddit thread, people shared what you can really do to help.

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You may be sincere when you say “Please let me know if there’s...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Aug 14, 2018. 12 comments

How to Cope With Grief

How to Cope With Grief

Many wonder how to talk to someone who is going through a loss, how best to be supportive, and how to properly offer condolences. But when grief hits you, it’s not only painful, it’s extremely difficult to navigate through a range of new emotions.

Lifehacker spoke with Emily Adams, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy in San Francisco, who often...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Sep 11, 2017. 5 comments

Use Android Device Manager's Guest Mode to Find Your Friend's Phone

Use Android Device Manager's Guest Mode to Find Your Friend's Phone

Android: If you’re not using the Android Device Manager to help find your lost phone, we highly recommend it . What happens when you actually lose your phone, though? Thanks to a guest mode in the Android app, you can use your friend’s phone to find your own.

The Android Device Manager app allows you to quickly locate, lock, or wipe your other devices. However, you can also use the guest mode...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Aug 19, 2017. 4 comments

Make the Grieving Process Easier at Work by Being Upfront With Coworkers

Make the Grieving Process Easier at Work by Being Upfront With Coworkers

Grieving the loss of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when you have to get back to work. Being honest and upfront with your coworkers can make things a little easier for everyone.

Your coworkers may mean well, but a constant flow of outreach can make it hard to concentrate on your work. Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do ,...

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Leigh Anderson Leigh Anderson Aug 17, 2017. 13 comments

Crayola Has Retired Dandelion—Here's What Crayon Artists Suggest for Coping With the Loss

Crayola Has Retired Dandelion—Here's What Crayon Artists Suggest for Coping With the Loss

Farewell, Dandelion. Crayola has decided to retire that particular shade of yellow, even sending “Dan D.” on a month-long farewell tour around the country. For some of us, this is not a big deal—in my kids’ 128-pack of crayons, there at least five other yellows and oranges; and if the sun now has a little more red-sky-at-night feel to it, who cares?

If you’re in the “oh well” camp and have a...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Oct 22, 2016. 2 comments

These Non-Sappy Cards Help You Support Friends With Cancer

These Non-Sappy Cards Help You Support Friends With Cancer

It’s hard to know what to say when a friend is dealing with a really awful illness or loss. And a lot of the things we blurt out may end up sounding more hurtful than we mean them to. That’s why we love this series of cards that say what sick and grieving people really want to hear.

For example, one says “Please let me be the first to punch the next person who tells you everything happens for...

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