“I’m sorry about your loss…”
“Yeah, it’s been…hard.”
“I actually had a cousin pass away around the same time.”
“Oh, were you close?”
“Not really, no.”
“I was close to his wife who’s actually my cousin.”
“Ah, must be hard on her. My grief has manifested itself physically which is why I’ve been sick.”
“Sorry, but I have something pressing to take care of and need to get back to it.”