“This has happened to me more than once. At first, I didn’t know what to say. Then, for a long time, I still didn’t know what to say. But I stayed where I was, not knowing what to say, and I was told later that the staying itself said the things I wanted to say, the comfort I wanted to give but didn’t know how.”

“Just listen.”

“I cannot begin to understand what you’ve been through but I am here for you whenever you need a friend.”

“I’m sorry, it’s not your fault, and I want you to know that I love you and everything about you.”

“If they need to seek counseling or just a friend to talk to, I would be there to help them in any way possible.”