Job loss is painful. Research indicates that for many, losing a job may trigger an extended period of grief, similar to losing a loved one to death. With millions of people who are unemployed each year, each of us probably knows someone who is out of a job at the moment. What can we say? It is easy and tempting to offer words of optimism, or to attempt to apply a “quick fix” to their suffering.  What should we say to an out of work friend? Consider the following chart to help you choose compassionate, supportive words.

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