What do you say when someone passes away?


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When someone passes away, appropriate things to say include "I'm sorry for your loss," "I'm here if you need anything," and "Please accept my sympathy." A person can also ask, "How are you feeling?" to give his friend a chance to express his feelings.

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A person should be honest and try to support his grieving friend through words and actions, such as bringing food or inviting the friend out to lunch. He also can base what he says on those closest to the deceased. If they are sharing stories, he can tell his own story. He should avoid trying to fix his friend's sadness through sayings such as "He's in a better place" or "He lived a full life."

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