|Words to Avoid When Comforting the Bereaved|
Give it time.
Count your blessings.
You must be strong now.
At least she didn=t suffer / he=s not in pain anymore.
It=s time to put this behind you now, to move on, to let go.
S/he lived a good, long life.
Try not to think about it / dwell on it / talk about it.
This will make you stronger.
Be thankful you had him as long as you did.
She wouldn=t want you to be so sad.
Life is for the living.
It was God=s will.
Everything happens for a reason.
God never gives you more than you can handle.
He=s in a better place now.
This is a blessing.
Now you have an angel in heaven.
Time heals all wounds.
I know exactly how you feel.
You=re young; you can have more children.
Be thankful you have another child / other children.
Let me know if you need anything, if there=s anything I can do.
You must not / should not feel that way.
I=m sure you did all you could.
It was only a dog / cat / bird / goldfish, etc.
You shouldn=t be this upset over an animal.
You didn=t react this way when your relative / friend / neighbor died!
You=ll get over it in time.
You can always get another.
© by Martha M. Tousley,
RN, MS, FT, DCC All