Grief is a natural part of life and reaction to the loss of a loved one. As a friend, family member, or even a spouse to a grieving party, you should ensure they are not left alone in the grieving process. Dealing with the grieving process can be difficult or even uncomfortable but you should do your utmost to remain supportive in their time of need. It is important to remember that everyone grieves in their own way and for their own length of time. This is a process that cannot be rushed. For those who are unsure how to help, we offer some general guidance on the grieving assistance process below.

Grief and Avoidance

Regardless of how uncomfortable it may be to interact with a grieving party, your support is often what they need. Do not avoid or isolate them in an assumption of their need to be alone. If they do not wish to talk, inform them it is not necessary and you will support them in silence and with your presence alone if desired.

Useful Tips For Grief Support

  • Ask, don’t offer, to attend the funeral.
  • Don’t bring up religion unless you are sure they share your views.
  • Help them to smile or laugh, particularly with good memories of the individual who passed away if possible.
  • Do take the first step in approaching and offering support
  • Don’t forcefully drag on awkward or unwanted conversations.
  • Offer your support on upcoming holidays they would have celebrated with their loved ones.
  • Don’t ask them if their grief has past or is over yet.
  • Offer to accompany them in their daily tasks, such as shopping trips.
  • Don’t tell them you know how they feel or that things will be back to normal soon.
  • Phone calls and brief check-ins are better than simply sending flowers and a card.
  • Suggest bereavement counseling or support groups for those hit particularly hard by the loss, and offer to attend in support.

We understand that dealing with grief is a lengthy and difficult process. We offer our support to you and your loved ones during this painful time. For further assistance or information on available bereavement programs, do not hesitate to contact us.