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1 Words for the Grieving 15
For the Loss of a Spouse 20
For the Loss of a Child 21
For the Loss of a Parent, a Close Family Member, or Shared Family Member 21
For the Loss of a Parent When Death Was Not Unexpected 22
For the Loss of a Friend 22
For the Loss of a Colleague 23
For the Loss of a Pet 23
2 Words of Gratitude 31
For a Gift of Money 37
For a Material Gift 38
For Friendship 38
For a Gift of Thoughtfulness 39
For Kind Words 40
3 Words for the Sick and Suffering 47
When Someone Struggles With Short-Term Illness 53
When Someone Suffers From a Chronic Illness 53
When Someone Is Struggling With a Terminal Illness 54
When Someone Is Recovering From an Injury 55
When Someone Struggles With a Life-Altering Injury 55
4 Words for Birthdays 63
Birthday Wishes for Friends 68
Birthday Wishes for Colleagues 69
Birthday Wishes for Neighbors 70
Birthday Wishes for Family Members 70
Birthday Wishes for Children 71
5 Words for Weddings and Engagements 77
Announcing an Engagement When It's Fairly Simple 79
Wedding Invitations 101 81
Engagement Announcements and Wedding Invitations 202 82
Words for Wedding Announcements 84
Words for Reply Cards 85
Words for Responding to the Couple 86
Words to Bless the Couple 86
6 Words of Encouragement 93
A Job Loss 96
The End of a Relationship 97
General Disappointments and Struggles 98
Loss of a Dream 99
7 Words for Celebrations 105
Birth and Adoption 107
8 Words for Events and Activities 117
Words of Invitation 118
Words of Acceptance 119
Words of Appreciation and Affirmation 120
Words About Answers to Prayer 122
9 Words of Truth and Love 131
Apology and Asking for Forgiveness 133
Granting Forgiveness 134
Words of Confrontation 134
Words for Difficult Times 136
10 Words for a Changing World 143
Finding the Right Words for Cyberspace 143
Words of Online Comfort 148
Posted August 30, 2013
Posted January 30, 2013
. Personal communication is perhaps one of the areas most greatly affected by technology over the last 10 years. Emails, facebook, twitter, texts, instagrams, and skype have all but replaced traditional phone calls, letter writing, and sadly, too often, face to face communication. As with all cultural changes, tradition tries hard to hold on, and there are some rough spots as one way of doing things is replaced by another.
We are in that limbo time in determining the appropriateness of sending condolences, congratulations, announcements and such. Many still believe that handwritten messages supersede any electronic format, but sadly too many of us really don't know how to write a simple personal note, especially if we did to say something significant. Liz Duckworth has tackled that problem with her new book A Perfect Word for Every Occasion. She covers writing words of grieving (always a hard one for me), words of gratitude, words for the sick and suffering, words for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations, and more. Each chapter gives starting points for writing your own thoughts, then also suggests some famous quotations and Bible verses. She rounds out chapters identifying some wrong turns we can make which she calls Aunt Me-Me's mistakes.
I like Duckworth's opinion that we should be attempting to convey "grace-filled" words. And I do cherish hand written notes. I've gotten a few from co-workers and students over the years. Our daughter and her husband-to-be wrote us a letter from an engagement retreat they attended, and I still tear up reading it after 10 years. And those precious notes from the grandchildren surpass everything, except perhaps the love letters I got from my husband as we dated. Sadly, I fear too many people never receive such correspondence or send it. Like Duckworth, I am not sure a twenty word message on an electronic wall will ever replace the effort and meaning behind a hand written note, but I believe it is becoming fully accepted.
As a former English teacher, I am saddened knowing people are uncomfortable writing and sending their thoughts, but I fully understand the struggles we can all have in deciding what is the right thing to say, especially to someone who is grieving or struggling. A Perfect Word for Every Occasion is a good resource and will help writers focus their thoughts.
I received a copy of this title from Bethany Publishers for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Posted October 10, 2012
How often have you wanted to write to someone to express comfort, sympathy, congratulations or encouragement, but cannot think of what to say? With Liz Duckworth’s A Perfect Word For Every Occasion, you will never again struggle with words. This is a book to keep and use often as a resource.
Chapters are categories:
Words for the Grieving
Words of Gratitude
Words for the Sick and Suffering
Words for Birthdays
Words for Weddings and Engagements
Words of Encouragement
Words for Celebrations
Words for Event and Activities
Words of Truth and Love
Words for a Changing World
Each category is further divided into specifics such as friend, child, family member, event, etc., Each chapter is structured into these sections:
Guidelines for Finding the Right Words provides suggestions to consider regarding the person and your feelings.
Prompts to Help you Begin offers first steps that will be the springboard for your message.
Words to Make Your Own supplies phrases that can be used as is or personalized and adapted for an individual.
What Not to Say is also important as it helps avoid hurt feelings and embarrassment.
Quotes Worth Sharing presents some really wonderful, inspirational words that say what we wish we could say and are appreciated by the receiver. Quotes include Scripture as well as words from famous and admired persons.
Keep this book with your stationery and you will never again be at a loss for words!
I recommend this book for all ages. It would be especially useful for teenagers and young adults. It would make a wonderful graduation or engagement gift.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Posted October 30, 2012
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Posted October 29, 2012
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