Why is it that some people, when confronted with ominous news, feel the insatiable need to make the person feel worse?
"I'm getting an MRI in a month. My doctor says I might have a tumor on my auditory nerve"
"Really? My uncle had a tumor on his auditory nerve and they had to cut out his brain and then he died"
"Something is wrong with my dog. He won't eat and sleeps all day"
"Really? That happened to my dog once. He slowly died on the way to the vet. It was very painful to watch"
"My jaw has been really bothering me but the doctor says it's probably just a benign cyst"
"Really? My friend had the same thing but, even though it was benign, he sill had to get half his face cut off and then he slowly died on his way to the vet. It was very painful to watch"
Why do people do that? I don't get it. Likely the people who are giving the news are upset and quite possibly scared. Wouldn't some words of encouragement be appropriate? Or even a funny tale to lighten the mood? Or, I don't know, a story of a similar situation that ended positively?
Maybe it's just me.