I recently posted an article on some of the worst things to say to someone in grieving the loss of someone dear. Some of the statements listed are:
* He or she is in a better place
* There is a reason for everything
* I know how you feel
* Be strong
I wanted to take this opportunity to offer some things to say that may offer your friend some comfort. One of the main suggestions I have is to use the name of the person who has passed away. It shows that you remember that person which means a tremendous amount to those grieving. Other things to say and or do can be:
* “I am so sorry for your loss” It is simple and genuine.
* “I am just a phone call away” They may never take you up on it but it provides support.
* “I get up early and go to sleep late, please call me if you need anything”
* “I don’t know how you feel but am here to help in anyway you need”
* “I wish I had the right words for you now”
* “Please know that I care for you”
* “My favorite memory of * the person’s name* is…”
* “I am here for you”
* “You and *the person’s name* are in my thoughts.
As I said in my last article a hug or squeezing of a hand can speak volumes. Please don’t be afraid to show your friend your compassion. Sometimes saying nothing and just being near is all a person needs to help them through a dark and sad time.
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