Monday, April 29, 2013

In A Better Place

Visiting last week in the funeral home, I heard family members say: "she's in a better place."

They have watched a loved one deal with chronic illness. They've sat near the bedside while "the work" of dying progressed-- nausea, wheezing, pain-- until the respite of morphine quieted the struggle.

It is never appropriate for you to offer a platitude such as "she's in a better place." But if the grieving express this to you, a lovely reply might be:  " I'm glad that is a comfort to you."

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