I’m a crier. I’ve always been a crier and will always be a crier. I cry in conversations with friends, I cry at commercials. I’ve cried at work, and in yoga class, and in church. This is all pretty normal for me.
So take it from me, when someone is crying, the last thing they want to hear someone say is “don’t cry.” Please don’t say that. It doesn’t do anything for the person crying. When you say that, it cuts off the connection.
When someone is crying, you don’t necessarily have to say anything. When someone is crying, you don’t necessarily have to do anything.
The best thing you can do for a person crying is hold space for their tears.
Tears are sacred. Don’t be scared of them. Let them come. And let yourself be present for the person shedding them, whether that’s you, a loved one, or a stranger.
P.S. A beautiful little short on the power of empathy. Please watch this.