As we have seen, COVID-19 is taking a heavy toll, and many are not able to say goodbye to their loved ones.It leaves some of us unsure we can find the right words for those who are grieving.Throughout life, we are told to avoid cliches, but writer Rion Amilcar Scott shares his Humble Opinion on the one place the cliche will do.On the day before she died, the last time I saw my mother lucid, for no good reason,I neglected to kiss her goodbye when I left the hospital for the night.And that's how I missed the final opportunity to kiss the cheek of my still living and conscious mother.This is one of the many sadnesses that frequently swarm my grieving mind, things I would rather not think about.Likewise, I'd rather not think of things to tell my mother next time we talk, only to remember there won't be a next time.But, hey, all mothers die. She's supposed to go and leave me here with only memories. It's the proper way of things.In the presence of the grieving, some people choose to say nothing. Ashamedly, I have done it myself, even after knowing better.But I have learned now the one good use for cliches. They somehow find power as a balm to spread over the pain.Look, as a writer, all my training has taught me to be allergic to cliches.If I were to somehow write that my mother's death caused me to cry my eyes out, in revision,I would perhaps replace that stock phrase with a description of words lost in the crack of a voice trying to stifle back tears.