4 tips to help you master the art of offering condolences

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

You log into Facebook and your heart sinks. At the top of your feed is a post by a friend pouring out her heart about the death of her beloved grandmother.

As soon as you finish reading you comment on the post, telling her how sorry you are for her loss and offering handy advice about how she can get through this difficult time. It seems as if it’s the right thing to do – but a new study shows this kind of response often does more harm than good.

Support independent journalism
Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in