Don't say: Think of all your memories.
Say instead: I know memories aren’t the same as having her here, but I hope they will give you some comfort.
Don't say: You’ve got to get hold of yourself.
Say instead: It must be so hard to keep going when you’re hurting so much.
Don't say: Time will heal.
Say instead: You must feel as if this pain will never end.
Don't say: Be strong!
Say instead: Take all the time you need.
Don't say: It’s time to put it behind you.
Say instead: You must miss your loved one and the life you had together.
Don't say: You must be strong for your children.
Say instead: Why not share some of your feelings with your children? Perhaps you can support each other now.
Don't say: Life will go on.
Say instead: Life has dealt you a terrible blow. I am sure it will be hard for you in the coming months to live with it.
Don't say: Call me if you need something.
Say instead: Let’s schedule a time right now that we can see each other.
Don't say: You need to ______________.
Say instead: What would be helpful for you right now?
Don't say: She is in a better place.
Say instead: Do you wonder where they are at right now?
Don't say: You should be over this by now.
Say instead: I know it will take a while for you to feel better. You do not have to hurry this process for anyone.
Don't say: Count your blessings.
Say instead: Remember that grief is necessary and you need time to grieve and heal.
Don't say: It is a blessing.
Say instead: I am sorry this ever had to happen and that she/he had to suffer so much.
Don't say: God never gives us more than we can handle.
Say instead: This must seem like more hurt than you can bear.
Don't say: It is God’s will.
Say instead: Some things that happen are tragic, and make no sense.