Jewish Words of Comfort
Judaism helps provide the words to comfort mourners.
Psychologists assure us that mourners specifically want to speak of their loss. Eric Lindemann, in his classic paper "The Symptomatology and Management of Acute Grief," writes, "There is no retardation of action and speech; quite to the contrary, there is a push of speech, especially when talking of the deceased."
Both the mourners' words and their tears should not be avoided or suppressed. For mourners and for comforters, words truly make a difference. "Tell me what your loved one was really like" is a good beginning.
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