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What to Say — and Not to Say — to Someone Whose Loved One Has Recently Died

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Many people avoid talking to someone whose loved one has just died – from cancer or other causes – because it makes them feel uncomfortable and they are not sure of what to say. Learn tips for talking to those who are recently bereaved, and ways you can help them cope with their loss.

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What to Say — and Not to Say — to Someone Whose Loved One Has Recently Died

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  5. 5. I don't know what to say, but I wanted to be here for you and to give you a hug I know there is nothing I can do to change what's happened, but| wanted to offer my condolences and let you know I am thinking of you
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  10. 10. Other ways to help: Acknowledge the death Express your condolences with a phone call or a card Call frequently to checkin Invite them to do something ’ with you
  11. 11. Other ways to help: ’ O — Be a good listener § w Avoid telling them what to do Offer practical help Like making meals 9 or childcare ’
  12. 12. Other ways to Allow the bereaved to reminisce about their loved one Don't be afraid to use the deceased's name Remember important dates, like the deceased's birthday, or the day they died, and acknowledge them xy,
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