When someone dies, it’s hard to know what to say, especially if you haven’t experienced much loss in your own life. Death is no laughing matter, so jokes are out, obviously. But every so-called comforting phrase you know sounds like it came from a Hallmark card. While “I’m sorry for your loss” seems to be the standard go-to statement, maybe you think you’ll be more creative and embellish a bit. Pro tip: don’t. When you go off-script, you might end up blurting out one of these 10 things you should never say when someone dies.
Erica Rivera is the Editorial Development Manager at Evolve Media, where she curates content for ComingSoon, DogTime, Mandatory, and Momtastic. Her freelance writing has appeared in New York magazine, USA Today, the Star Tribune, City Pages, and many other publications and anthologies. She has interviewed hundreds of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and changemakers over the course of her career. She is also the author of Insatiable (Penguin Group, 2009) and Come Again (Thought Catalog Books, 2015). For more, visit: www.ericarivera.net.