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Apr 25

What to Say to a Friend After Loss: Advice from Conway Funeral Home

Posted by Conway Funerals

Dealing with a friend’s loss can leave many of us searching for the right words to say. At Conway Funeral Home, we recognise how challenging it can be to offer comfort in such situations. This article provides guidance on what to say to a friend after they have experienced a loss, helping you provide genuine and thoughtful support.

Be Present

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is simply be there. Offer your presence as a source of comfort, letting your friend know that they are not alone in their grief.

Express Your Sympathy

Start by expressing your sympathy. A simple “I’m so sorry for your loss” can acknowledge the pain they are feeling and show that you care.

Share Memories

If you knew the deceased, sharing fond memories can be comforting. Speak about the positive impact they had on your life and the lives of others, bringing a sense of warmth and appreciation to the conversation.

Offer Specific Help

Instead of a general “let me know if you need anything,” offer specific forms of help. Whether it’s bringing over meals, helping with funeral arrangements, or simply being there to listen, specific offers of help are more likely to be accepted.

Avoid Clichés

Steer clear of clichés like “They’re in a better place now” or “Time heals all wounds.” These phrases, although well-intentioned, can often feel dismissive to someone in deep grief.


Above all, be a good listener. Allow your friend to share their feelings and thoughts without judgment. Being heard can be one of the most comforting forms of support you can offer.


Supporting a friend through grief is about being present, listening, and offering comfort through genuine acts of kindness and empathy. At Conway Funeral Home, we are dedicated to supporting not only those who have lost a loved one but also those who are helping others through their grief journey.