Empathy to me, is the experience of a deep part of myself being heard and recognized.
I believe our intrinsic need for empathy is very deep. We are complex beings with many aspects of ourselves that yearn to be acknowledged. from birth until now, Every experience adds more facets of ourselves that want empathy, to be shared and to be reflected.
Touch can be empathetic. I use my hands as well as my ears to listen.
Practice sharing your empathetic presence with someone. When you listen to them with your ears and hands, listen from your heart, not your head. Practice letting the time you choose to spend with them be 'their' time. With a gentle steadiness practicing being their companion, so they may feel recognized.