After a tragedy of some scale, whehter it’s a mass shooting or some natural disaster, it seems we always hear people offering their thoughts and prayers to the survivors and/or their families and depending on the circumstances to the community as a whole. Why do we hear this, which is especially common from the media?
Of course, it’s a way of expressing condolances to those affected by any disaster, and it’s just become part of the lexicon that we hear from public officials and those in the media, those words, which mean absolutely nothing.
So what do we say to those we know that have had a tragic loss of faamily or friends? It really is up to the individual and , this may seem heartless, depends on what the situation was at the time. It’s difficult, I’ve been through it , it seems countless times in my life and there never seems to be the roght words to convey my sympathies. A family member that’s died after a long illness, someone that’s passed tragically in a traffic accident, or through a natural disaster, as those 50 (as of this writing) in the fires in California.
It depends on that situation and how close you are to the person you are expressing concern for but I don’t see offering thoughts and prayer as having much consolation for anyone, in any situation. I wish people would just stop using that phrase, especialy in the media. There are other ways to express sympathy personally, and we should all be morew thoughtful before we use any of them.