Many a time we do not know what type of support or comfort to give a family or friend who is grieving. The best support to give someone is as follows:
Acknowledge the situation.
Express your love and concern for the person who is grieving.
Offer your support e.g. chores and roles.
Ask the bereaved person how they feel and listen to them.
Listen some more.
Give reassurance and hope without minimising the loss.
Offer to help with errands.
Avoid telling the person to be strong.
Continue to offer the support after the first shock.
Check with the person on anniversaries e.g. death, marriage, birthdays of the deceased.
September 2018 – Life must go on
Coping with loss and grief – emotional and spiritual wellness
DISCLAIMER: The thoughts contained in this article are obtained from research. The writer is not a mental health specialist but is curious to learn on how to deal with personal loss and grief. The series “Life must go on” is a spiritual and emotional wellness journey in this month of September 2018 by the lead writer and a guest contributor to the blog. For professional help in coping with loss and grief please seek the help of an accredited and duly registered mental health specialist or counsellor.