Supporting others who are grieving can be a difficult experience. There is so much fear about saying the “wrong thing” or not being able to make them feel better. But the truth is, what many grieving people need is simply someone who is there for them, who loves them, and who is willing to support them with the best intentions.
Below you’ll find some tips about how you can best support a loved one who is grieving. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need additional support and please don’t forget to take care of yourself, as well.
Practical things you can do to support
Listen. Know that there is likely nothing you can do to reduce their pain, but being a supportive person to talk to can make all the difference in the world.
Promise to be a “judgment and shame-free zone.” There are many complex emotions related to grief, some of which may be confusing or feel shameful for the griever.
Offer to help with practical needs. Even the most mundane tasks like grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, or taking care of children can feel impossible for those experiencing grief. Helping take care of these responsibilities will show your support and allow the griever valuable personal time to heal.