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Words fail us all sometimes. We feel unprepared, unsure about what to say and instead of honestly acknowledging that, feel that we should say something to make things right. Here’s our guide to giving comfort and meaning it:
What to do
Put yourself in the other person’s place. It’s called empathy. What would make you feel better? Probably just a kind smile, a warm hug, and simply saying, ‘I’m sorry, I feel for you’ will do the trick. Even just suggesting a walk together, with no set plan can be helpful.
What not to do
Safe things to say
‘If you ever want to talk, please let me know.’
‘I spoke to my mum. She wants you to know she’s available if you need a wiser me.’
‘If you need to be alone right now, I understand. When that changes, just call… anytime.’
‘You’re one of my best friends. I care about you so much and feel so helpless right now. Ask me anything.’
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