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What do you say when someone has had a death in the family?

No one has ever died in my family except my grandma(my moms mom and my dads mom). My mom's mom was sick from the time I was born until she died when I was 8 and I never met my dad's mom and she died when I was 16. I went to my mom's moms funeral(because we knew here) but not my dad's moms funeral because I had finals that week and my parents let me stay home(she lived in FL and we lived in CT). Since I never met her I didn't have to go.

My friend's great grandmother just died. I'm Agnostic and he's Baptist. What the heck do you say when someone has a death in the family?


Asked by NicholasMama608 at 1:08 PM on Aug. 22, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It doesn't have to religious. Tell him you are sorry to hear about his loss, and if you feel comfortable offer to listen if he needs to talk or go grab a bite to eat or whatever. Just be a friend ;)

    Answer by blessedwithree at 1:10 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I'm sorry for your loss.


    Answer by beeky at 1:11 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I just usually say that Im sorry and I wish them tons of peace and strength during this hard time.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 3:21 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I'm really sorry.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 1:09 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I am so sorry for your loss. If you need to talk, I am here for you.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:11 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I'm really sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman ad will be terribly missed. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Answer by katiekruschke at 1:12 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • Sorry for your loss or something general like that...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:25 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I'm sorry for your loss....that's what I have always heard people say, religious or not.


    Answer by aredlotus at 2:14 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • "I'm very sorry for your loss" or "Your family is in my thoughts" will work just fine. The sentiment is real and doesn't carry any religious implications.

    Answer by hepmommy at 6:33 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • sorta depends how close I am to the people in question. Usually I just offer my condolences and seriously theres no magic words that are going to fix it. If we're really close then I may go the extra step of reminiscing and talking about experiences with the person.

    Answer by Zoeyis at 7:54 AM on Aug. 23, 2010

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