The work of the estate planning and probate attorney involves helping people plan for death, disability and loss. It also inevitably involves helping them cope with a loss that has already occurred. In my personal and professional life, I want to offer comforting words to the recently bereaved, whether they are friends, family or clients. Our culture is not comfortable with open expressions of grief, and we all struggle with how best to comfort those who are grieving the loss of someone close.
I just read a very good blog posting on this topic that included some good practical suggestions. Rather than trying to summarize it, I direct you to Brian French’s posting at this Comforting the Bereaved Article.