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How do I say I'm sorry? Let me count the ways.

Lisa Owens

By Lisa Owens

I am sorry for your loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Let me know if there is anything you need. I mean it.

I am bringing over a casserole.

I had a friend who lost her husband.

My father died a little over a year ago.

My mother, she has dementia, kept asking, "Where's George?"

We kept telling her, "He is up in heaven now. Remember how we held his hands and you gave him a kiss on the cheek after they removed the breathing tube?"

She teared up and then as we were leaving the hospital, she began to tear up again..which was very out of character. I only saw her cry twice in 57 years...and she said, "I thought we were forgetting your Daddy but he died, didn’t he?"

"Where's George?"

"Remember, Mama. He is with Jesus and the angels now."

"Oh, I thought that was a dream," and a single tear slid down her cheek.

I am at a loss for words. Sometimes it is best to just say, "I'm sorry".

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