Grief is a journey that you go through as a natural response to the death of something or someone significant in your life. This journey involves going through a roller coaster of emotions – from shock, anger, guilt, denial, sadness, fear – all of which can be overwhelming. Going through grief also affects your physical health. Most people find it difficult to sleep, eat or even think about other things aside from their loss.
Going through a period of grief can be an intense experience which means that taking of yourself while on this journey is even more important. There are ways to help you work through your grief while being able to live your life as normally as possible.
Grief is always a complicated process and its effects are different for each individual. Consoling someone in grief is also a delicate situation and saying “I’m sorry for your loss” doesn’t really help that much to alleviate the person’s pain.
There are reasons for not saying this phrase to a grieving person and some suggestions on what to say instead.