I think you know how this goes. Someone you care about loses someone they love. You write a note, send a card.
“I’m so sorry he died last night,” you write, trying to make your penmanship more tender and legible than usual. “I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted by good memories and the love of your family and friends.”
I’m so sorry. I hope you are comforted. May you not suffer. Thank you for the privilege of honoring your loved one, of helping you say goodbye.
Image credit: Breakwater of San Sebastian by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Spanish, 1915, via Wikimedia Commons.