How to Support a Grieving Friend?

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It is never easy to watch a loved one struggle with grief. You want to help them but also want to give them their space. At Tindall Funeral Home, we always encourage friends to provide a strong support system during this trying time. Here are some tips on how you can help them:

1. Offer Reasonable Assistance and Keep Your Promise

Many of us promise that we’ll always be there and ask a grieving friend to call at any time. Most aren’t able to keep this promise because of work, personal responsibilities, and other such factors. Offer something reasonable like setting time aside for their calls every Saturday or scheduling calls every alternate day at a specific time. This gives your friend something concrete to rely on, which is vital during this trying time.

2. Distract Them

Grieving individuals are surrounded by memories of their loved ones and sometimes they need a break from that. Distract them by taking them on long drives or to the movies. Even casual lunch dates with a group of close friends can help your best bud heal.

3. Understand Their Cues

Sometimes people need a shoulder to cry on and other times they just want to be alone. When you offer support, make sure they don’t feel pressured to accept it. Saying things like ‘I have no problem taking care of the kids if you need a break’ or ‘we can go out for lunch tomorrow if you’re up for it’ gives the decision in their hands.

4. Offer Practical Assistance

Grieving robs people of their energy. They don’t have the will to look after themselves, which means they neglect meals, stop cleaning their house, and don’t restock essential groceries. You can offer practical support by handling these chores for them.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our services and need advice.

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