4 Tips to help a Friend through the Grieving Process

By: David Tindall
Monday, December 4, 2017

Grief can be all-consuming and have an impact on every aspect of a person’s life. It’s not easy to watch a person you care about and love go through this process. Most people don’t know how to help and make mistakes that do more harm than good. Here are some tips and recommendations that can help a person go through the grieving process:

1. Consider their way of grieving

Different people react differently to grief. Some people need companionship and a shoulder to cry on while others want to be alone and process their grief privately. It’s important to consider what the grieving person wants so if they want their space or need your company, react accordingly.

2. Listen

Some grieving individuals just need someone to talk to, someone to share memories of their loved ones with. The best thing you can do is listen to what they have to share and keep yourself open to dialogue. Sharing memories will slowly help them heal as they will focus on the good memories and happiness surrounding them.

3. Let them take their time

People can’t rush through their grieving process and most never fully recover from the loss. Even years down the line, something will trigger a person and they’ll experience grief once again. All types of grieving are important so it’s important to let the individual recover at his/her own pace instead of rushing them through the process.

4. Keep a lookout for warning signs

Always keep a lookout for warning signs like lack of eating, drinking, or sleeping. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on signs for depression because these can quickly spiral out of control.

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

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

The Importance Of An End Of Life Conversation With Your Loved One

Most people do not like the idea of discussing death and avoid talking about it as much as possible. It makes many people uncomfortable and stressed out. However, having an end of life conversation...

Modern Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

If you are dealing with a loved one's death, it can become difficult to move away from your grief and come to terms with the loss. However, you want to say goodbye to your loved one in a very memor...

Cremation vs. Burial Costs

Cost is a very important factor to consider when you are planning a funeral. Even the most basic funerals can cost a lot of money, which can be difficult to manage if you’ve recently lost an earnin...

How to Support a Grieving Friend?

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 sup...

Helping Children With the Death of a Parent

Loss of a parent can be traumatic for children, especially if they are young and still heavily dependent on their support. Parents are a vital part of a child’s world so losing one of them can caus...

Ways to Personalize a Loved One’s Gravesite

The gravesite is a physical reminder of the person you lost. It can offer a great deal of comfort to family and friends left behind. You can visit it and spend some time by it to find some solace. ...

Personalizing A Funeral With Unique Song Selections

Today, families that plan funerals for a loved one who has passed prefer not to follow traditional practices. They prefer something more casual, which reflects their loved one's likes and dislikes ...

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Pets are our most loyal companions and losing them can be a big shock to the system. It feels like losing a beloved member of the family, which means grieving is natural. At Tindall Funeral Home, w...

4 Tips for Explaining Death to a Child

Children are smarter than most people assume. They have the ability to understand complex concepts and show a surprising amount of empathy towards others. At Tindall Funeral Home, we know that adul...

How to Plan A Meaningful Memorial Service

Traditional funerals with their straightforward structures and age-old ceremonies offer a great deal of comfort to grieving individuals, especially if they are spiritual or religious. However, some...