What Do I Say?

People often struggle to know what to say to someone who is seriously ill, to their families, or to the family of someone who has died.  This article from the LA Times suggests a sort of “Ring Theory” for determining where people fall on the spectrum of intimacy with the family, and what they should say to others, depending on the relationship of everyone in the conversation.

We react emotionally to difficult situations, for good reason. But this is a helpful reminder to think carefully about how our reactions affect others.