I share with you the agony of your grief,
the anguish of your heart
finds echo in my own.
I know I cannot enter all you feel
nor bear with you the burden of your pain;
I can but offer what my love does give:
the strength of caring,
the warmth of one who seeks to understand
the silent storm-swept barrenness
of so great a loss.
This I do in quiet ways,
that on your lonely path
you may not walk alone.
- Dr. Howard Thurman