FRIDAY JANUARY 19, 2018
 
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HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO IS GRIEVING
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It can be difficult to know what to say or do when a loved one is dealing with grief. Of course, you will undoubtedly want to be there for them as much as possible. For this reason, you should read the following advice on how to support someone who is grieving.

NEVER AVOID A LOVED ONE AFTER DEATH

Never think it’s easier to avoid someone who is recently bereaved. Not only will it be confusing, but it will also add to the pain and loss they are currently feeling. Try to stay in contact with a loved one in person or, at the very least, through text messages, emails or even letters. Sometimes saying “I’m sorry” is enough to remind a loved one that you are there for them.

IDENTIFY HOW YOU CAN HELP

Losing a family member or friend will have broken a loved one’s heart. As a result, they might be unsure what to do to move on. If you want to support your family member or friend as much as possible, try to identify the different ways you can help them recover. For example, you could simply arrange for professional unattended death cleanup services. You could also help them to organize the funeral or could simply make dinner for their family as they attempt to recover.

ALLOW THEM TO OPENLY CRY

Never stop someone from crying when grieving. Not only might this thwart the recovery process, but simply telling someone “don’t cry” could make them believe you are shutting them down. If someone cries, be there for them by sitting silently, holding their hand, or putting their arm around their shoulder. A gentle touch will remind them they are not alone when dealing with grief.

TALK ABOUT THE DECEASED

Don’t be afraid to comment on the death of a loved one. It is often more awkward for a friend than the person dealing with grief. It is important to remember that the deceased will be a much-loved family member or friend, so they will not want to think of them as gone forever. Be there for a loved one by commenting on the person they have lost; for example, you can tell them their loved one would want them to be happy, so they can attempt to start the healing process. You could also say “how are you feeling about…” and use their loved one’s name, unless they explicitly tell you they do not want to talk about them.

ATTEND DIFFICULT TASKS

There will be some necessary tasks that will need to be completed following a death. Show your support by being there for them when performing difficult tasks. For example, you could offer to go with them to sign the death certificate or view the deceased’s body, and make sure they have all the information they need. It will be an incredibly hard time for them, so be there to hold their hand.

 

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