7 Things to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

There are times when words fail us. What do you say to parents who have lost their child? To a friend entering the final stages of cancer? To your neighbor when she tells you she’s getting a divorce because her husband has had a girlfriend for years? Words seem trivial, so ‘not enough’ at times like that. So what do you say?

Here are 7 things you can say when you don’t know what to say (and even when you don’t agree with what the other person is doing):


  1. God loves you and that will never change.
  2. I love you, no matter what.
  3. I’m here for you.
  4. What can I do to help you?
  5. I’ll pray for you.
  6. If you want to talk, I’m here to listen. No judgment, I promise.
  7. I honestly don’t know what to say, but I just wanted to let you know that my heart breaks for you.

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