A true Empath is one who extends compassion and love, fortifies inner power and independence, sees through the illusion of appearances, and heals.
A Sympath extends pity, sees victims, and reinforces a sense of powerlessness thereby increasing suffering, dependence and fear. Sympathy helps no one. True empathy forms a bridge of light.
We do the world so much good when we uplift someone's spirit by seeing through the illusion, and with the process of empowerment. Intending the Highest Good for all concerned, and leaving any imaginings of "what could have been" or imagining and fearing "heinous" experiences for ourselves or others far out of the realm of possibilities.