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  •  Getting Off the Subject A Little (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Blue State 68, Mickquinas

    What grieving families need is not a magic platitude to make the owie go away and "poofers" set them at peace.  People often make that mistake and so they don't know what to say to the bereaved and wind up saying something well-intentioned but clumsy, and sometimes something which unintentionally hurts them more.

    More than the Perfect Word of Solace, grieving people need empathy and support, and the sense that their friends and family are there for them in their loss.

    It is difficult for a politician flying in to say a few words at a funeral to do this.  The closest they can come is to promise to try to make things right; to give them some kind of restitution, or to try to remedy the situation which led to the deaths.  And if the politician is unwilling or unable to do that, he pretty much has to fall back on the stock list of pieties.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:14:54 PM PDT

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