Offering our sympathies for a dear departed comes naturally to
us. It is an unwritten obligation that we discharge. However,
at times, we show slackness regarding not-so-near relatives or
lesser known acquaintances. Also in the case of near relatives
we sometime succumb to delays that could have been avoided.
It is on these occasions that we must be vigilant and alert.
We must remember that on such occasions our brethren need the
warmth of human beings the most. Of course the loss is
irreparable and nothing can replace the deceased person. Yet
our presence and words of sympathy can mean a lot for the
bereaved person. The encouragement and assurance it can give
can only be imagined if we have been in their shoes.
Sometimes, the wound caused by the death is very deep. This is
especially the case when the deceased is a young person or
someone who is in absolute health Similarly, unexpected
accidents and unforeseen calamities cause a deep gash. Such
incidents need even more time and care from us for the
Such incidents shake us to the core. They remind us how
fleeting this life is and how big a reality is death. The
person affected by it feels tremendous stress and anguish.
Besides comforting him, this is also a chance for us to be
reminded to the greatest reality of life: death.
We should specially go to condole for people who may be our
rivals or those who are jealous of us. Similarly, anyone who
is closely related to them should be a cause of our immediate
attention. This goes miles in cleansing ourselves spiritually
and setting an example for others.
We must remember that since time is the greatest healer, the
bereaved person will recover from this loss to a great a
extent. However, he will seldom forget the person who was with
him in his time of grief.