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What are some ways to express condolences at a funeral?

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Expressing condolences at a funeral can be as simple as saying "I'm sorry for your loss" or sharing a positive anecdote about the deceased. As long as the message conveys empathy and care, cliches are often overlooked.

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It is important to make clear that support is available for the mourner in his time of need. Sending flowers with a personalized note can express condolences.

While cliches are often forgiven, ones that portray the death in a positive light may offend the mourner, even though it is said with good intent. These usually include adages such as "I know how you feel" and "It was his time."

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