As you watch the television police dramas, what are the five often heard words?
A five word phrase you’ve heard so many times, if I start it off, you’ll get it immediately.
“I’m sorry for your loss.”
Does it sound sincere, or does it just roll of their detective tongues the same as the “right to a lawyer” advisory?
Strangely enough, in real life, there was a time in recent history when some doctors were not allowed to say they were sorry that someone died in their care. They were warned against showing sympathy, lest some lawyer could make that look like a guilty conscience.
In one case, the governor of Michigan had to sign into law, a bill allowing doctors to say they were sorry, without that being construed as some kind of admission of negligence.
But, the experts say those two little words, “I’m sorry”, can diffuse family anger and even help a patient feel better about losing even a limb, for example.
It’s terrible that a law is required to allow us to express sympathy.
Like the writer said, “Sympathy provides immediate shelter to grief”.
Let me know what you think.