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"pass away" = die

"My father passed away last night after a long battle with cancer."

"meet one's maker" = die

"There will be a time when all people meet their maker."

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Expressing Condolences
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

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difficultfuneralsconversationman and woman01:31

1. 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.


2. 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.

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1. What can we assume about the death of Tim's father?
A. He fell ill and passed away unexpectedly.
B. His father died in a traffic accident.
C. Tim's dad had a lingering illness.

2. How is his mother taking the passing of her husband?
A. She feels very depressed.
B. She remains optimistic about the future.
C. She senses no purpose to her own life.

3. How is his mother going to support herself now that her husband is gone?
A. She will be able to live off her government pension.
B. She is coming out of retirement to work.
C. Proceeds from life insurance will sustain her.

4. When is the public viewing for Tim's father?
A. in the morning
B. in the afternoon
C. in the evening

5. What does Tim ask Heather to do at the funeral?
A. offer a prayer
B. sing a song
C. give a speech

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Discuss how funerals in your hometown differ from family to family based on cultural background, religion, and family customs. Use the Internet to collect information on these differences.

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