身邊的人若正經歷失去親人朋友、身體病痛,或是你只是純粹想表達你的支持,除了"I‘m sorry to hear about that."英文裡經常會用"loss"、"sad news"來取代"death"、"die"這樣直接的字眼,千萬別哪壺不開提哪壺,問候對方的家人"How are you doing?",甚至要對方"moving on"。要怎麼開口?可以提什麼?有幾個重點單字可以參考。

正式但沒那麼親近的人:condolences慰問、sympathy吊唁

1.I am writing to express my sincere condolences on the death of your (husband/wife/mother…)來信給(某人)獻上最誠摯的慰問

2.Please accept our deepest sympathies.(請接受我們最深切的慰問。)

用Loss、sad news取代death、die

3.I was so sorry to hear about your loss/the sad news about your sister.(我很抱歉得知你的喪失/你姐姐的逝世。)

提及與對方的美好回憶:wonderful memories

4.I have so many wonderful memories of your brother.(我和你哥哥有很多很好的回憶。)

5.Your dad was such a nice teacher/was always kind to me.(你爸爸生前是一個很好的老師/對我很好。)

如果不太熟識對方(亡者),你可以跟他的家人朋友這麼說:

6.I can't imagine how you must feel.(我不能想像你的感受。)

7.It's never easy to lose a parent.(失去父母很煎熬。)

8.We are here to support you.(我們都會支持你。)

9.This must be so hard for you.(這事你一定很難熬。)

10.We are thinking of you/You are in my thoughts.(我(們)很關心你。)

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