I do not work in a hospice, but I have a hard time coming up with things to say to a grieving family. Whenever I say something it comes out stupid. What do you say to the families that know that they have lost a loved one, and does it seem to help?
Oct 21, '02
Maybe I am sorry for you loss. Is there anything I can do for you? Is there anything you need right now? Is there anyone I can call for you? Would you like to sit down? Some people stand and some need to sit down.
There are a few off the top of my head.........hope it helps
Oct 22, '02
Mandi, I'll bet that what you are saying doesn't come out stupid at all. It just seems that way to you because you are uncomfortable. There are no special magic words. Just a hug or a pat on the arm if they welcome touch and "I'm sorry" is all that is needed. If there is some way in which the patient touched your heart...a beautiful smile, the way they always greeted you, a special dignity they had...you can share it with the family and let them know you will always remember them too.