Student or Learner
What would a native English say to someone who has recently lost a close relative (a son, father or mother for instance)
Aside from "am sorry"
is there any other typical expression(s)
Please accept my/our condolences on your [relative's] death.
How much money did he leave you?
Oooh, that's cold!How much money did he leave you?
Another common variation: I'm very sorry for your loss.
Here's a mnemonic:
birth [one syllable] => they were /blest/ with a baby girl
passing [two syllables] => it was a /blesid/ relief.
(Hmm. Not such a good mnemonic; supposing you think of 'death'?)
Also (a cricketing metaphor) 'He had a good innings'.