How to say "I'm sorry" without actually saying it
December 8, 2007 9:21 PM Subscribe
Alternatives to "I'm sorry..."
posted by TheGoldenOne to Society & Culture (35 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
You know when you're talking with someone- a friend, stranger, business client- whatever, and the fact that they have lost a loved one or have had a very unfortunate experience arises mid-conversation? The common response is some variation of "I'm sorry."
I've never felt right saying it, even if I genuinely am sorry. It always sounded trite to me, and you know they've heard the same thing so many times before, perhaps it's lost its impact.
How can I express a feeling of sympathy or empathy without saying the words "I'm sorry"?