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Aug 11, 2013
How to help those who are grieving
by: Betty from Grief and Sympathy

Let your friend know that you are there to help out if they need anything at all. Even if they don't request help at first it is a comfort to know friends have offered.

Send emails or texts every few days to ask how they are or if they want to meet up for a walk. It shows that you care and are thinking about them. Keep in touch by phone if they are now alone chatting to a friend is great therapy.

Take around a home made casserole or cake occasionally. When you're grieving you don't always eat as well as you should. Learn to be a good listener. Sometimes you will hear their sadness and anguish, but other times you will reminisce about old times. At low ebb times just be there to hold their hand or give a hug. Don't be afraid of their tears they can be healing. Being there for someone means you know when to give them space and when they need your presence.

Offer to take them for a drive, for a picnic or to a movie. Invite the to your home for a meal. If they seem to refuse all offers at first just give them time and try again. It is so easy after a loss just to crawl away into your own shell of pain. Don't give up on your friend just give a liitle space and try again.

For more ideas see my page on this site about helping others cope with grief.

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