How To Tell Someone A Loved One Has Died

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

When a family member passes, it becomes your responsibility to inform your relatives and close friends of the decedent, about the demise. But handling this task isn't easy, and sometimes it becomes very challenging to inform emotional people about the death. There are some things to keep in view while telling someone a loved one has died:

  • Make it a point to tell as many family members as you can, in person.
     
  • This may not always be possible, given the fact that some family members may be living in far-flung places. In this case, you should try to make a video call over platforms like Skype, Facetime, etc. This becomes a more personalized way of breaking the news.
     
  • Always be mindful of the person’s mentality and capacity to deal with news like this. While some people are objective and will be able to handle the news well, others may not be able to do so. In this situation, you would need to take a more soft approach, without altering what you need to tell them. When you are breaking the news to young children, keep in mind that they are very impressionable and you need to adopt a subtle approach with them too.
     
  • When you are informing someone who tends to get emotional, make sure you are in quiet surroundings. This ensures they get the chance to express their emotions without feeling embarrassed in any way.
     
  • Always be direct while giving someone this news and never make any indirect references as that can lead to misunderstandings.

How you tell someone a loved one has died needs to be well-thought-out. You should focus on telling them about the death in a calm and controlled manner so they can deal with their feelings in a better way. If you want to know more about our funeral services, we are at your service at Nutmeg State Cremation Society. Reach out through our contact us form or call us at 203-348-0443.

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