Supporting the Grieving
Supporting Family and Friends Who are Grieving
When someone is grieving, emotions are often heightened. Try to acknowledge feelings and reassure the person his or her reactions are natural and necessary. Do not pass judgment on how well the bereaved is coping with their loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Knowing your loved ones may not cope with their loss the same way you would is important to their healing.
Try to be understanding of all cultural and religious perspectives regarding illness and death; others may have perspectives different from your own. Be specific in your willingness to help. Offer to assist with chores such as childcare or meals.
Lastly, acknowledge life won’t be or feel the same for the person grieving. Help them renew interests in past hobbies or introduce them to new activities when they are ready.