A Few Things to Keep in Mind as You Support a Grieving Friend:
Be sure to check out the “Ways To Support a Grieving Friend” post too.
Be aware that supporting someone grieving can bring your own losses and pain to the surface. Know where YOU will receive support and self care to be better present for your friend.
Feelings of helplessness are common since you cannot fix the problem by bringing the loved one back. Don’t underestimate how important your presence is to your friend.
We live in a “quick fix” society. It may test your patience to journey with the bereaved. Reminding yourself that it takes time to adjust to a loss, and that there may be many ups and downs in the process, can help you to be more supportive for the long haul!
Other Ways You Can Help…
- Say the name of the deceased
- Cry with your friend
- Believe in your friend’s ability to handle this loss
- Be helpful in practical ways
- Be non-judgmental
- Listen more than talk