Grief & Suffering
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The lost art of condolence

Grief & Suffering | New Yorkers take a condolence letter writing class with a funeral director
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/06/18, 03:37 pm

A New York moment:

At the New York Public Library branch on East 63rd Street, a roomful gathered to hear from funeral director Amy Cunningham about how to help those grieving a recent death, and specifically how to write a condolence letter. The event was part of Reimagine End of Life, a citywide festival on death that I’ll be writing about more fully in the future.

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Family and friends identified in deadly limo crash

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/09/18, 11:27 am

Authorities have identified most of the victims in Saturday’s limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., filling in a picture of a family gathering that ended in tragedy. The limo was taking a group of family and friends to a brewery in Cooperstown, N.Y., to celebrate Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday when it ran a stop sign and crashed into a parked SUV, killing all 18 in the limo and two pedestrians.

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Left to grieve

Family | After a suicide, loved ones left behind deal with waves of shame and guilt, but life can become good again
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/27/18, 12:11 pm

For the last several weeks of his wife Harriet’s life, Pete Deison monitored her every activity and medication regimen and held her hand as she lay in a deep funk. Every day, Deison prayed his wife would drift out of this “black cloud,” as she described it.

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