If your relationship with the bereaved is close, you can recall some mutual memories and also offer your help, if appropriate.
An apt quotation could be just right here:
- The only important things in life are the traces of love that we leave behind when we go. (Albert Schweitzer)
- It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. (John Steinbeck)
- When you look for me, look for me in your heart. If I have found a place there, I shall live in you forever. (Rainer Maria Rilke)