Everyone has their own way of coping with death. But watching someone you care about come to terms with the loss of a loved one can be difficult, even well after the services at the funeral home. You might not know the right words or the best actions to take to show your friend or relative that you care. Below are a few ways to help you support a grieving friend or family member.
What You Can Do to Support a Grieving Loved One
Don’t focus on what you can say. Instead, just be there to listen to them. They may want to share memories about the deceased or talk about their feelings, or they may not want to say anything at all. Provide support by being patient and listening if they want to talk about what they are dealing with or anything else.
2. Provide Assistance
People who are dealing with overwhelming feelings of grief or depression may suddenly neglect chores and errands. Even if your loved one doesn’t ask for help, provide assistance by cooking meals, performing housework, or picking up groceries.
3. Check on Them
Don’t forget to provide continued support in the weeks and months following the memorial services at the funeral home. The grieving process can take a long time and even if your friend or family member doesn’t reach out directly, it will mean a lot if you put forth the effort to do so.
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