|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What are some common expressions you say to people who have lost a loved one due to illness, accident, or other circumstances?
HELPFUL TIP: The loss of a close friend or family member can be a traumatic experience, and knowing how to express condolences appropriately can help provide emotional support in such cases.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Heather: Hi, Tim. [Hi] I’m really sorry to hear about your dad. My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. He was such a great man.
Tim: Thanks. As you know, he had been sick for some time before he passed away, so we were somewhat prepared.
Heather: So, how’s your mom taking it?
Heather: Yeah, I’m sure. My heart really goes out to her. [Thanks.] Uh, so how’s your mom going to be able to manage things alone?
Tim: Well, financially, mom will be able to live a secure life from now on. I mean, Dad had life insurance and substantial investments in property and stocks, so returns on those should take care of her. [That’s good to hear.] But our main concern at this moment is her emotional state. [Yeah.] She’s really down, so a call now and again should brighten her day.
Heather: So, what are the funeral arrangements? The obituary in the paper didn’t mention much about the funeral.
Tim: Well, some of the family members will get together on Tuesday morning for a private memorial service, but there will be a viewing in the afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00, followed by the funeral service. One of my uncles will be giving the eulogy.
Heather: I wish there was something I could do you. *
Tim: Well, actually, there is. [Oh?]. You know, Dad really admired you a lot, and before he died, he asked if you’d sing a musical number at the funeral.
Heather: Really? I’d be honored.
Tim: It would really mean a lot to the family.
Heather: Sure. Then, see you on Tuesday.
Tim: Okay, see you then.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- condolences (noun): expressions of sympathy with another’s sadness
– We’re sorry to hear about your brother. Please give our condolences to his wife and children.
- pass away (verb): die
– My father passed away suddenly three months ago.
- hard (adjective): difficult
– Greg went through some very hard times after his wife died in a car accident.
- get over (verb): recover from
– It took Sarah over a year to get over the loss of her baby.
- down (adjective): low in spirits
– I’m feeling so down now that I can hardly concentrate on my work.
- funeral (noun): a ceremony where a person is buried or cremated
– My boss took the day off to attend the funeral of a close friend.
- viewing (noun): a period before the funeral when family and friends view the dead body and sometimes share memories about the person
– Only the immediate family is invited to attend the viewing.
- eulogy (noun): a speech of praise given at a funeral for someone who has recently died
– The minister offered the eulogy on behalf of the family.