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How Do I Comfort A Friend Who Lost a Loved One?

How Do I Comfort A Friend Who Lost a Loved One?

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Say something rather than nothing

  • It is better to say something rather than nothing and to express empathy instead of sympathy
  • Most people enduring the tiring and lonely experience of grief benefit from expressions that are more empathetic than sympathetic
  • Generally, people prefer to be understood rather than...

  • "I know what you're going through." We can never know exactly.
  • "Did the doctors try everything to save him/her?" Some things in life cannot be saved and fixed, no matter how we try.
  • Cliched like: "Everything happens for a reason." "Go...

  • Don't worry about bringing up this loss unless for some reason the person has already indicated they don't want to talk about it at all.
  • Don't be afraid to share a fun or funny memory you have. 
  • It is best to let the person be the guide as to how much or how little they want...

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