Someone close to you has experienced the death of a loved one. You are probably wondering what you can do. There are a variety of simple, practical acts of kindness that can make a world of difference to the griever.
In the early days
Your friend has so much to do at a time when they have the least ability to make decisions and accomplish tasks. You can show your support and how much you care through your words and deeds.
As time goes on
Those who are bereaved are often far too soon left to grieve alone either because well meaning people simply don’t know what to say or do or because the griever themselves worries that they are burdening their friends by talking too much about their grief.
Grievers keenly feel the pressure to say that they are doing fine, even when they are not. They probably will need your support more as time goes on and others have gone back to their own lives. And although they need your help, they probably feel hesitant to ask. You can continue to show you’re caring through thoughtful gestures.
It is never too late to offer condolences and show that you care. You may be surprised how much your support means to your friend and to you.
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