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What Not to Say: Preventing "Foot-in-Mouth" Disease

By February 19, 2013

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To help reduce the spread of "foot-in-mouth" disease, the editors of About.com's health-related sites joined together this month to write a series of articles focused on "what not to say." Covering a wide range of topics -- from mental and sexual health, to diet, exercise, and funeral etiquette -- you will find more than three-dozen articles to help you avoid the unexpected consumption of "sole food."

Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people say the wrong thing to someone mourning a death. Do you know the five common expressions you should avoid saying to a grieving person? What other comments or phrases would you add to this list? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And please check out the entire list of "what not to say" articles!

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February 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(1) Tony says:

I don’t have anything significant to add to what you’ve already stated in a previous article. I do have a comment though on what I might find useful as someone that continually struggles with simple questions about how many children do you have, what do they do, etc.

I don’t want to say to someone, oh my son, well, he died. It puts them in a position of awkwardness, saying unnecessary condolences and the list goes on.

I don’t know if there is a list to help us but if there is, please publish.

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