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Listening How to sympathise/ emapthise with the patient

Forgive me for my "newbiess" in the CS!! but I am not really sure how sympathise/empathise with a patient.
Should I simply say "I sympathise with" or "I can't imagine what you have been through" or maybe "AAAAAAH" .
The whole actor thing I believe makes it very hard to symapthize with them without making it sound funny or banal, like a cliche!!
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Default Expressing Emapthy

The best way to practice empathy is by practicing with a colleague.

There's no magic sentence that you can say to show your empathy. But here's few good examples:

That must be very painful, I feel very sorry for that...
Oh, How unfortunate is that, that must be very stressful ...
I will do everything I can do to help you out of this suffering...

Also remember to show the expression on you face
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Arrow More empathy phrases ...

The following phrases may help:
  • I can imagine how painful is that ...
  • It sounds very distressing ...
  • I am sorry to hear that ...
  • How painful is that .. Am really sorry ...
After saying this sentence then pause for a while then go for the transitional phrase, like for example "can I ask you more about ..." "Would please tell me more details ..."
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