Finding the right words and actions to express our sympathy when someone loses a loved one is often challenging. Here are some ways to offer comfort and support during a difficult time:
Encourage Expression of Feelings: Allowing a grieving person to express how they feel can be a huge help. Try to listen without offering advice or interrupting. Letting them share memories and talk about their loved one might help them feel better.
Show Affection: Often, showing affection will help another feel comforted. Try to hold their hand or hug them if and when appropriate.
Be Patient: It is normal for someone grieving to experience a range of emotions. It takes time to heal, so be patient and allow them to grieve at their own pace.
Ask If You Can Help: Offering assistance with day-to-day matters can be very comforting. Running necessary errands or helping out with meals can go a long way toward reducing stress and giving them time to heal.
Encourage Seeking Help: Sometimes a grieving person might need to join a support group or seek professional help in order to fully heal. Assist them in finding a group and/or making an appointment with a professional.
Send a Card: Show your concern and support by sending a card. You can even put your own personal message inside.
Be Sensitive When someone is in mourning, some times will be harder than others. Holidays can be especially difficult, since these are typically occasions for celebrating with friends and family. Be sensitive to the feelings of those who have suffered a loss.