Empathy and Sympathy

Choosing sympathy cards has become a lot more difficult for me lately. It’s the language. So many are written with such a pat sensibility that they’re almost cold, and I can’t bear to send one, even with a personal message. When I come across one that feels genuine, it’s not very sympathetic at all, it’s empathetic. I’d like to see them called bereavement cards, and would-be card writers (and all of us who want express our compassion in a heartfelt manner), might be well-served by watching the following video from Dr. Brené Brown. Dr. Brown is a researcher and author, whose TED talk on the power of vulnerability I shared in a previous post.

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