There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes, so the saying goes.
I can't help with taxes, and I can't really do anything about the Grim Reaper either.
But when someone we love is bereaved and mourning, there is something we can do.
We can write them a note or letter, or these days, maybe post a message on Facebook offering our condolences.
Too often, we end up with something sincere but generic and forgettable, the dreaded "thoughts and prayers."
No doubt the sentiment behind a "thoughts and prayers" message is sincere.
But each generic "thoughts and prayers" message is a missed opportunity to deepen our connection with someone we love, to offer them real consolation, and to lift their burden, if ever so slightly.