Let’s just say it like it is, talking about death is awkward.
Like super uncomfortable, weird, awkward.
What should I say? Do they want to talk about it? Do they not want to talk about it? Ahhh.
We long to validate one’s loss and ask how they are, while simultaneously trying to avoid making the elephant in the room the only topic. It’s a debacle; one that’s hard to navigate. There are no perfect words, only pure intentions. So, to save yourself from making a bigger deal out of an already big deal, for the love, here are phrases and actions that help soothe a very raw wound, as well as cliche’s to ahem, avoid.