Locket of love

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At a lecture I attended on death and dying, the speaker discussed traditional rituals of mourning, such as wearing a black armband or black clothing or hanging a black wreath on the door to signify a death in the family. She commented that these visual reminders of grief were intended to comfort grieving family members. Her examples seem old-fashioned now. Can you suggest any appropriate alternatives we could offer our patients' families?—G.N., VA.

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