“Let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
Dr. Linda Jordan who works at Duke Community Bereavement Services has written a nice piece entitled, Ten Most Careless Statements Made to Grieving People.
[Law Enforcement and the Media: you need to read this.]
Having been on the receiving end of some of these well intentioned faux-pas, I can tell you that her advice is invaluable.
Also, in dealing with people faced with trauma, I have made many of these mistakes myself, so anyone can screw-up.
Linda also outlines some things that are helpful to grieving people.
It’s good stuff.