Category Archives: Funerals, Death, and Dying

A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Einstein Quote on the Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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Einstein Quote: The Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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How To Conclude A Speech With A Poem

What You Say When You Want To Conclude A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. One of the best ways to conclude a presentation is with a poem. I’ve used the poem “Goshen” many times to illustrate the importance of striving … Continue reading

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Advice About What You Say To Someone Who’s Grieving

What You Say–And Don’t Say–When Somebody Tells You Their Troubles by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Be careful what you say to people who are going through a really rough time.  They may have lost their job, or are getting divorced, or … Continue reading

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How To Write a Note of Condolence

What You Say To Someone Who’s Bereaved by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Sometimes less is more, and that certainly can be true when you express sympathy to someone who’s just lost a loved one. I know I felt that way when … Continue reading

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Great Quotations: Shakespeare on Courage and Death

What You Say About Death And Dying by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here is a famous quotation from Shakespeare that can be used in a speech or in an article or book that you write, or as a eulogy for someone … Continue reading

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Religious Quotation from Andrew Jackson

What You Say When You Want To Describe Your Personal Theology: A Little-Known but Powerful Metaphysical Quotation Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, is not usually thought of as a source of religious or inspirational thought. But … Continue reading

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What You Say To Someone Who’s Grieving Over A Death

What You Say At A Funeral Or In A Sympathy Card by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Three months ago the wife of my close friend Brad died after a long, painful illness.  Brad took it very hard. She was his very … Continue reading

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Writing tips: Find Just The Right Word When You Write A Letter, Note Or Email

Learning To Communicate Effectively: Lessons From Great Poets And An Irish Joke by Bill Funchion, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL A woman told me recently that she had a difficult time trying to understand the death of her young … Continue reading

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