What NOT to say to a grieving family

Good advice for those of us who have had a child go before us.

kathleenbduncan

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This list of unhelpful statements is included in Brad & Jill Sullivan’s discussion on needs of a grieving person. (Which I posted on January 19 with their permission.) I have added a few of my own comments below each one.  Please do not say these things to a grieving mother or father.

When we see someone hurting, we all want to say something, anything, to make it better.  But the truth is, you cannot make it better with your words.  And some things can actually make a grieving parent feel worse.  Only God can heal the brokenness felt by a parent who has buried their child.

I know what you’re going through.

Unless you have walked in their shoes, you cannot know all that a person is facing.  Instead, try saying, “I am sorry you are going through this.”

 I understand.

Unless you have lost a…

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As a transplanted Southerner, I have lived and raised five children in the Ann Arbor area for the past 37 years. I know that this is a truly great place to live. This blog is about Ann Arbor and the surrounding area's real estate. It is only my opinion.
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