The problem with using “but” in expressing condolences

It has always struck me as wrong, when I read something along these lines:

It is a tragedy that Mr or Ms X died, but..

If it has you feeling the same way, I recommend you read this: BUT | Snakes and Ladders.

If I have sympathy for someone who has died, I express that. If I don’t, I hold my tongue until a more suitable time.

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