Dealing with the passing of a loved one is a difficult process, and well intentioned friends and family can sometimes end up making it harder. It’s important to be sensitive to what a person is going through when they grieve. Here is some helpful advice on how best to comfort those who
grieve, as well as what not to do.
1. Give Them Time
Allow the grieving individual as much time as they may need, even if it seems to be taking a long time for them to recover. Don’t pressure them with expectations of when they should move on. Everyone’s experience is different, so don’t rush them.
2. Don’t Assume You Know What They Need
Everyone grieves differently, so don’t assume what works for you will work for them. Often, trying to cheer them up or making suggestions as to what they should do to move on can hurt more than it helps. When someone close to you is grieving the loss of a loved one, ask what they need and how you can support them during this difficult time. Sometimes simply telling them you are there for them will be all that they need and then they can reach out when they need.
3. Continue to Support Them After the Funeral
Often there is a lot of support for a person leading up to and during the
memorial service, but it fades away once the services are over. Typically, the grieving person does not move on immediately after the funeral, and could still use the love and support of those closest to them. Continue to reach out to them, and let them know that you’re still there for them.
Provide a meaningful memorial for your loved ones by choosing City View Memoriam. We strive to make it easier for you to create a funeral service that provides closure and healing for all who were close to the dearly departed. Learn more about our services on our website, or call us at (801) 636-7065 to arrange to see the funeral home.