Empathy Statements to Help You in Difficult Situations

Last Update on January 7, 2021 : Published on July 18, 2020
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Do you also experience difficulty while someone shares something with you? Be it extrovert, introvert, or ambivert personality…somewhere, in life we all get stuck while being empathetic. Such situations get so difficult for us that we don’t want to sound sympathetic but still end up getting sympathetic. There is a huge difference between sympathetic statements and empathetic statements. If you also face struggle while someone shares something important with you, this blog is for you. In this blog, I have enlisted 30 empathy statements that you can use with your partner, friends, family members, colleagues, and strangers. So, let’s get started.

Remember, empathy is the key to success in relationships.

Effective Empathy Statements

1. Acknowledge the pain

acknowledge the pain

Whenever someone shares something with you, the first thing to do is to acknowledge about other person’s feelings. Acknowledging the issues helps them to feel connected. It shows that you understand about what they are going through. You can take the help of the below-mentioned empathy statements to acknowledge.

  1. “I understand how it feels.”
  2. “I know it really sucks.”
  3. “Woah! That’s really challenging.”
  4. “I am sorry you have to go through this.”
  5. “I can feel how difficult it is.”

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2. Share your feelings

share your feelings

If you do not know what to say in return when they share something, you can also share any related experience that may have happened with you in the past. Whatever you share, just make sure that it is relatable and does not hurt other’s sentiments. Make sure that the other person can really connect with the experience. Below-mentioned are some examples of empathy statements to share your feelings.

  1. “I really can’t imagine how difficult the situation is.”
  2. “I am really saddened by what happened.”
  3. “My heart hurts for you and you can really count on me.”
  4. “I really wish I can be of any help to you.”
  5. “I can understand what you are going through.”

3. Teach Gratitude

teach Gratitude

Many people know how to handle situations, but some people are not really ready to handle all such circumstances. Therefore, showing or teaching gratitude (unknowingly) is the best thing you can do. Below-mentioned are some of the empathy statements which you can use to show gratitude:

  1. I am really thankful that you shared with me.”
  2. “I know hard this is to share. Thanks for sharing.”
  3. “I am glad you thought I am the right person to share.”
  4. “Thank you for sharing, this means a lot.”
  5. “I will be glad if I can be of any help.”

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4. Maintain the interest

Make sure that the conversation is not one-sided or the questions asked are not answered in a syllabic way. Additionally, make sure that you are the person that one can really trust. Let the person know that you are always there, no matter what. Below-mentioned are some examples of sympathy statements that show that you are trustable and interested.

  1. “I do understand, you can trust me with this.”
  2. “How do you feel today about it.”
  3. “I am always there; you can share anything you want to share with me.”
  4. “Is there anything else you wish to share?”
  5. “How do you feel after all this?”

5. Encourage


Sometimes, good listening qualities isn’t enough; you have to encourage the person in return as well. It totally depends on the situation as if someone is going through a rough path; you have to tell them something which encourages them accordingly. Below-mentioned are few examples of empathy statements which you can take help of while encouraging someone

  1. “You are strong, talented, and brave.”
  2. “You are a warrior.”
  3. “I love you.”
  4. “You can count on me.”
  5. “You matter and I am proud of you.”

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6. Support

After listening to the issue, make sure that you offer support. Remember, offering support is the main ingredient of empathy. If you will not provide support, all of your hard work will be converted into sympathy. Therefore, make sure you offer them mental support. Below-mentioned is some of the examples for offering support.

  1. How can I help?”
  2. “I love to hear from you, you can call me anytime.”
  3. “Let me know if I can be of any help, I would love to be there for you.”
  4. “How do you feel and do you need anything.”
  5. “I am happy to hear from you.”

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I hope this blog helps you to understand how to use and where to use empathetic statements. Comment down and let us know your experience. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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