What can I say to a grieving person?

By Irina Jordan

Our words and actions communicate, express and transfer our emotions and feelings; they convey our message of sympathy at a time when a family is completely exposed and vulnerable in their grief. What we say and do has the ability to comfort, devastate and in some cases traumatize a person when they are at their lowest.

This is the list of the best comments when comforting a grieving person:

“There are just no words”. Offer a hug were appropriate.

“My deepest sympathy, I am here for you if you want to talk.”

“My condolences to you and your family.”

“I am here for you if you ever need someone to just listen.”

“I’m so sorry for your loss.”

“There are no words, just know we are all thinking of you”.

“Take your time, there is no time limit on grieving.”