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Supporting a Friend Who is Grieving - 5 Ways to be of Comfort

When a friend loses a loved one, it can be difficult to know the right words to say or what the right things are to do to show support. Here are 5 ways that you can be of comfort to someone that is grieving and going through a difficult time.

1. Listen

This is one of the most important things that makes such a huge difference. Listen to what they have to say. Sometimes there are no words we can say, but just being there and listening to the grieving person is reassuring.

2. Respect the person’s way of grieving

We all handle things differently, and that includes how we grieve. There is no right or wrong way and there is no time frame for grief. Just be patient and understanding with them.

3. Help out with daily tasks

When you lose a loved one, it can be very difficult to perform daily tasks. Let them know you are there to help them with whatever they need, be it grocery shopping, doing laundry, preparing meals… whatever it may be. Supporting your friend in these ordinary ways is bigger than you know.

4. Ask them how they are feeling

Sometimes we are quick to assume how someone feels or what someone is feeling, but in these type of situations is important to ask them how they feel or what they are feeling instead of assuming. As a friend, it will give you better insight into how you can help them and it also allows and encourages the person to talk about what they are going through.

5. Show love

A shoulder to cry on, letting them know they are cared for, showing them compassion, and telling them you are there for them… it means so much, and that’s what true friends are for.