A plane is shot from the sky over an unsettled country, and people die.
An army invades a hot desert land, and people die.
A giant of a man, feeling he has nothing left to live for, takes his life out in the grassy field of his rural hideaway home.
A brother, felled down by a stuttering heart, is taken off life support.
A young handsome man, exploring the rainforest, falls to his death down a deep ravine.
All around us there is unfathomable sadness. It tugs at our edges of our coats, as though we were caught against a barbed wire fence. It’s hard to ignore all the pain in the world.
I’m sorry for your loss seems so shallow and inadequate — the words worn out from over use. We need a new language for sadness. What should we say instead?
I see your pain and acknowledge the courage it takes just to get through a single day.
Life is brutal and unfair. May you find your way to peace in the chaos.
or maybe simply…
That’s fucked. What can I do to help?
For all of you who have lost someone you love, these are the only words that express my small role in your great sadness ~ That’s fucked. What can I do to help?
What do you say to your friends and family who have suffered a great loss?