Wat Else Do You Say?
Recently a close friend of mine's just lost da mother of their daughter to cancer. It was an 'expected' passing having already known da prognosis of an inoperable tumor a few years ago and while da last few days were spent in hospice - death is nevah easy. Da ohana seems to be taking it in stride already having been prepped for da moment but still death is nevah a pleasant thing to deal with.
Since I've nevah had a person close to me pass, I can't truly say how I feel about death but wat I can imagine is how many times da survived have heard either "I'm sorry" or "my condolences". Da count is probably off da charts and for every funeral I've attended, I constantly asked myself, wat else do you say? You obviously can't say Wassup Wit Dat! but is there anything else to add in somber moments? I guess das why Hallmark is still around.
Besides maybe sharing a mo'olelo during down time, have you 'said' anything oddah than da standard two phrases? Da funeral line probably isn't da right time to strike up a conversation so maybe da two phrases are 'mandatory' to keep da line moving or if you don't have anything to say? Have you written anything oddah than phrases and maybe a "I'm/We're here for you" on da sympathy card?