A short true story , would love your thoughts on it
So i was buying something off on offer up ( it's like craigslist, gumtree, Kijiji, ect.)
i go to the ladies house to pick up the item
she opens the door and we say hi and all that real quick and then i say "wow you have a very beautiful home" as she was inviting me in.
she then responds with " oh thanks, ya we just renovated to make all this extra space for our daughter who was wheel chair bound, as soon as we finished she died a month later, this was last month"
I offered my condolences of course but she just kept talking about it, and while i obviously felt terrible for her, I really did have places to be and as she kept going and going the whole thing turned into like a 30 min unescapable discussion about sad things while my intention was to just quickly pick something up.
what do you do with this kind of thing? what would you say and do? it feels slightly awkward because its a little harder to relate to her sadness with just meeting her 10 seconds before she started talking about it and not having known the person who died.