Good article on simply taking the time to write condolence letter for one in grief. It does not have to be deep but simply an acknowledgement of the loss. While somethings can be said that should not be, it is best to at least say something brief for the bereaved. This article looks at the importance of even a simple statement
The article, The Gift of Shared Grief”: It’s hard to know what to say to people in mourning. Say something anyway.” by Margarat Renkl states,
When my mother died in 2012, she left behind a huge collection of memorabilia. Not just the usual love letters, family photographs and cherished recipe cards but also random items that almost no one else bothers to save. Parking tickets. Embossed cocktail napkins from the weddings of people I’ve never heard of.”
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