I still have yet to understand how to properly console people including friends.
From what I have learnt thus far, everyone prefers different ways to be consoled. Some through hard advice while others through listening. However, we, as the person trying to console, have to face the fact that we will not get it right the first time round. Well, unless you know the person very well.
It is hard. No one says it will be easy to empathise and understand their point of view. But we have to try and as a friend, I guess that’s the least we can do.
Everyone has their own problems but sometimes some people have it more than others and to those people should we give a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Because one day we might find ourselves in their very situation.
So, it is a skill that’s still in progress and I just hope that one day I’ll get a good grasp of it.