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July 25, 2011

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Great advice! I've experienced loss of a parent and spouse within a short time span. The grieving person realizes that it's uncomfortable for others to approach their condolences, but showing that you care is all that's required and will be remembered. It's those unexpected gestures that stay with you.

Good advice Alexandra. I've lost both parents and it's made me appreciate how much a sympathetic word at work really helps. I now make a point of talking to anyone who's suffered bereavement - even those I don't know that well - and it definitely does strengthen relationships.

A kind word is always welcome. That is the least we can do as humans.

@Becky: I am so sorry for your losses. That must have been horrible. I hope you have turned the corner.

@Dave: I'm sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I think that those who have not been through grief personally don't really understand.

@Michele: I agree, how can it hurt?

It doesn't matter if you don't like them, it doesn't even matter if you don't know them, you should still show some sympathy to him, I think he would be very thankful.

I agree with Michelle, a kind word is always welcome even if the person you are saying it to doesn't like you because they might not have shown it but inside it makes them feel better.

I agree with Becky, just showing sympsthy could strengthen relationships.

People do remember the things people say to them when they are going through hard times expecualy later on when the hard times are over. Saying somthing that shows that you care will make that person want to help you too when you are going through tough times.

@Becky: im sorry for you loss. I hope you will remember how you felt after your loss when you hear about others loss and show the kind of sympathy you would like to recive toward them.

Good advice. I am never the person that is good with words and have always admired people who knows the right thing to say especially in moments like this. But for someone who has lost a loved one, it is important that they have someone who can listen to them and know that somebody else is going through the same thing. I thought I'd share this site which could help people who are also in the grieving process.

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