“I’m sorry to hear that,” “It could be worse,” “Wow! I’m sorry that happened to you,” and my favorite, “Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
Have you heard these phrases before? I’m sure we all have. There’s nothing wrong with saying or receiving them, but, sometimes they’re just words. If someone is going through terrible times and you’re not sure how to react, the best reaction is to be there for them. I don’t mean by saying things to try to make them feel better, because chances are, you won’t.
Regardless of the situation a person is coping with (death, loss of a job, divorce, depression, etc.), it is most important to be there physically for them. A hug, along with the words I’m sure you will without a doubt say, will mean more to someone than the words alone. Sometimes all a person needs is for you to sit with them. Knowing someone is right alongside of you is a comforting thought. People need to come to realizations, heal, and move forward at their own pace. Your support by physically being there for them will do more to help the process than anything you could possibly say.
Give warm hugs as freely as the words that flow easily from your mouth during tragic times. Nothing feels better than knowing someone is there.
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