How to Support a Grieving Friend

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It's never easy to watch a friend grieve. You want to assist them in their time of suffering, but you may not know exactly how to do this. We have seen several people give their full support to mourning individuals. It's not as complicated as people believe.

Things to Do

However, you should keep an eye on the situation and lookout for signs of distress. Below are a few tips that may help: 

1. Give Support Only When You Can Offer It

Most people make false claims and cannot offer help when their friend actually needs it.  It's easy to suggest, "You can call me in the dead of night if you need support," but it's tough to do that. Genuine, sincere offers of support do more than people know, which is why it's better to decide how much you can support a friend before offering. 

2. Give Them Space They Need 

Occasionally grieving individuals need a shoulder to weep on, while on other occasions they prefer to be left alone. It is necessary to consider their desires in these things instead of crowding them. Watch their responses to your offer and take into account what your friend suggests.

3. Be The Distraction

It can be exhausting to deal with many family members during the mourning process, and many neglect their suffering to comfort others. In these situations, friends can be a great relief, providing a break from obligations. You should be an impartial party fully in their corner, helping them to concentrate on their suffering and feelings instead of someone else's. 

4. Listen

The most crucial thing while helping them is to listen. Let them weep, grieve and share their feelings with you. During times of intense sorrow that will help.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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