What Should I Say To My Neighbor?
An acquaintance who attends my church lost her 9-year-old son in a car accident about five weeks ago (<—-Tweet this) . I don’t regularly attend church, so I just learned of the death. I feel awful because I’ve seen this acquaintance at the grocery store and we talked, but she didn’t mention losing her son. I just went on and on as if everything was great! I want to reach out to her and send my condolences, but I feel awkward about it. Should I send a card at this point? Is there anything I can do?
Troubled in Tallahassee
I’m going to cut to the chase with one word: compassion. Think about what you would want someone to say if the situation were reversed. You would want to know that they knew about the tragedy, that they cared and that they’d want to help. So using that as a jumping off point, here’s what I would do if I were you.