Condolences and words of sympathy

How do I ever get over this? Will I be able to go on?

Those are the usual questions we hear from grieving families. As a friend or family, we have to prepare ourselves to answer these questions.

Besides offering our condolences and attending the service, we have to be considerate and make a gesture to let the family know that you care for them.

In this generation, people show sympathy through text, call and sometimes through social media. But sending a card, some flowers or visiting is still the best form of showing concern to the bereaved family. Being a good listener and letting them talk about their pain is also helpful in some way.

The grieving family expects to be asked a lot of questions about the death especially if it is unexpected.

But be mindful about the way you ask questions and do not pressure them to give you answers if they are not yet ready to share what happened. Always remember that they are already hurting, do not give them a hard time explaining it to you.

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