What to say when you don't know what to say
“I know how you feel.”
The intent of this statement is to make a human connection and provide comfort.
In reality, it doesn’t do either.
Genuine motive; poor execution.
Instead of trying to provide comfort, have the courage to join others in their discomfort.
Even if you’ve faced a similar circumstance, you can’t understand how someone else feels because you’re not them.
Rather than spouting off a tired cliché, offer the rare gift of a sincere question:
“How are you feeling?”
Then, let your ears do the work and give them space to talk.
Ultimately, this produces the connection you seek and the healing they need.