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10 simple phrases when visiting in the first hours after a death.

  1. I’m sorry.
  2. Nothing: (Sixty seconds of silence)
  3. May I take care of that? (and take the tissue out of their hands and give them a fresh one and throw it away and wash your hands)
  4. This is hard.
  5. Yes, I remember that time.
  6. I don’t know. . whether pets are in heaven . . . why this happened . . .when you will wake up.
  7. I’m going to call for help.
  8. I’m going to sit here. (or over there).
  9. Here’s some coffee. (or coke. Or a milkshake.) and here’s some almonds. (or cheese, or protein).
  10. Go ahead, I know you need to talk to them. I’ve fine.
  11. I’ll be back tomorrow.
  12. Can I go with you to talk to an expert on this?
Filed under: Chaplaincy, Practical - consolation

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