OLUWABUSAYO BRIGGS Written by OMB · 1 min read >

The death of a friend is a deeply sorrowful and distressing event. Losing someone who was a source of companionship, support, and shared experiences is incredibly difficult to come to terms with.

In this situation, expressing condolences is a way to show your sympathy and support but most times we never find the adequate words to express our pain. Condolences are a words used which acknowledges the pain and grief that the we are going through, but yet offers comfort and solace during this difficult time to the family of the lost one.

The way that condolences are expressed can vary depending on the relationship between the bereaved and the person offering condolences, as well as cultural norms and customs. It can be through words of comfort and support, which are a common way to offer condolences, such as “I am deeply sorry for your loss,” “My condolences to you and your family,” or “My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”. These words can be offered in person, over the phone, through a card or letter, or through a message or email. It can also be through actions. Sending flowers or a sympathy card is a common way to show support and offer condolences. Attending the funeral or memorial service is another way to express sympathy and support. Simply being present and offering a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on can also be a powerful way to show support and offer comfort.

Regardless of how it is expressed, offering condolences is a way to show kindness and compassion to someone who is going through a difficult time. It is a way to offer a glimmer of hope and comfort in the midst of sorrow and grief.

Ultimately, the most important thing when offering condolences is to be sincere and genuine. Words from one’s heart would put words to the feeling of loss and most times take care of not knowing what to say. The simple act of reaching out and offering support can provide comfort and solace to someone who is grieving.

For me, losing my friend was a shock. We are so young yet life so old and experienced in its grasp of taking. Yes, life gives but we move in denial till it takes. To honor the life of my friend, this ode is apt

Oh, my dear friend, you left us so soon,

Leaving us with hearts that are heavy and gloom.

We miss you dearly, every day and night,

Wishing you were still here, in our sight.

You were more than just a friend to me,

A brother, a confidant, someone to see.

Your smile, your laugh, your kind heart,

Will remain with us, even though we’re apart.

Memories of you flood our minds,

Of the good times we had, the happy times.

Your presence was a light that shone so bright,

And now it’s gone, we feel the absence of light.

But we know you’re in a better place,

Free from pain, and in God’s embrace.

You’ll always hold a special place in our hearts,

As we remember you, our beloved friend, forevermore.

Rest in peace, dear friend Smart, until we meet again,

We love you, we miss you, and we’ll never forget you, amen.

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