What to Say to Someone in Grief

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Though grievers may not be conversational and at times try to isolate, you being present and giving words of encouragement help with the healing process. Two things I have heard from grievers as it pertains to receiving comforting words; you as the person speaking those words need to be comfortable with our tears (the sincerity and the thoughts of our loved ones can bring them), and please hang around a bit and listen (if we care to talk beyond ‘thank you’).

Here are 7 things to say to someone grieving that can bring comfort:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss.
  2. I wish I had the right words, just know I care.
  3. I don’t know how you feel, but I am here to help in anyway I can.
  4. You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. My favorite memory of your loved one is…
  6. *Give a hug instead of saying something.
  7. *Saying nothing, just be with the person.
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Besides the ones above, I’m sure you have had some comforting things said to you. Please share them here to help others learn. #BeBlessedBeFree

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