Facebook needs a ‘Sympathy’ button

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A school friend’s mom passed away last week. He posted the news on Facebook with a short, dignified note, giving brief details of how his mother had died and information about the funeral. Feeling for his loss, I started to write, “So sorry to hear your sad news…”

But before I pressed “Enter,” I scrolled through the comments others had already posted — passionate eulogies and anecdotes from people who really knew my friend’s mom, celebrating her spirit and uniqueness. Suddenly my well-meaning comment seemed trite below such heartfelt words. As I deleted it, I wished there were another way to let my friend know I’d seen his news, and that I was feeling for him Read more…

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