By Paul Schmitt
Expressing condolences at a funeral or writing an appropriate sympathy card can be difficult no matter the circumstances. Comforting someone in grief can present people with the challenge of saying the right thing. Laurie Schinderle, funeral director at Schinderle Funeral Home in Algoma, says sometimes just a few words and or simple gesture is enough.
Not knowing what to say is okay, too. Schinderle shares a personal story about seeing a friend who just lost a son in a car accident.
Schinderle advises not to ask immediate family members how the loved one passed away and to avoid the temptation to say you know what they are going through. Social media has changed the tradition of hand-written cards, but a special note even weeks after the funeral can be appropriate and appreciated, according to Schinderle.