During my travels for the America
Society of Bioethics and Humanities’ conference, I reflected on how we
express empathy and condolence to those who have a recent death in his/her
life. I wrote a poem, see below, using common phrases we say to each
other. I reduced these phrases to three words, to reflect the inability
of words of describe emotions is such a situation. Thank you.
I am sorry
I know how
but I don’t
What can I
Do you need
You know it
[S]he is in
How are you
What do you
Words can not
It must be
I am at
[S]e was a
I remember when
It is a
I am sorry
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