Is the worst thing to say to someone who's grieving is "they are in a better place"? I can't think of anything worse.

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Comment by Jennifer Miller on July 1, 2017 at 8:50am

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 30, 2017 at 7:36am

Very good guidelines Bert.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 30, 2017 at 7:15am

Ran into this a while back.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 30, 2017 at 5:56am

I can see totally going off if someone told me that while dealing with the loss of someone I dearly valued.  "WHAT is this 'better place; WHERE is it located, and how do we know it's 'better?'"  John Elder's comment here is very much on point, especially in suggesting being PRESENT for support when it is needed and not offering empty words which salve nothing.

Comment by John Elder on June 30, 2017 at 2:27am

I completely sympathize. Grief is overbearing and searing enough without some lame platitude that does little more than rub salt in the wound. It always feels as if some mindless optimist is making light of the deceased and the grief stricken's pain. People should just be there to support, not to talk themselves out of being fearful of death. It is a very selfish behavior in the end.

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