5 Tips to Help a Friend Through the Grieving Process

By: Ian Elliott
Thursday, July 18, 2019

If you have a friend that is grieving, it can be tough for you to see them go through this agony. Many people are not too sure about how they can console someone who is grieving, and they end up making mistakes or faux pas. If you find yourself in this type of situation, here are five tips to help a friend through the grieving process:

  1. It is imperative to keep in view that every person grieves differently, and there is no set rule on how a person should express their grief. So if you see that your friend has become very silent or reserved, it is essential that you respect their feelings and give them the space need during this difficult time.
  2. If the person wants to talk, make sure that you are there to listen to what they have to say. Many people find that they can deal with their sorrow a little better when they talk about their feelings of grief with someone they know very well.
  3. Do not hurry them in any way and let them take their time to discuss what they are feeling. If you try to push them into talking, they can become even more withdrawn and distant.
  4. Make sure you let them know that you are there to lend them a shoulder whenever they need it. This is one of the best ways to show your support in their time of grief.
  5. It's also necessary that you be aware of warning signs of depression and symptoms such as lack of sleep, and aversion to food and drink. These kinds of problems can escalate very quickly and take a toll on your friend's health .

Have any questions about obituary, cremation, or related funeral services, just contact us or give us a call (604) 888-9895. We at Arbutus Funeral Service will be happy to help.

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

Coping with the Death of a Sibling

Dealing with the loss of a sibling is never easy. There are several mixed emotions, unresolved issues, and a sense of responsibility towards other members of the family. At Arbutus Funeral Services...

Memory Making Family Christmas Traditions To Start The Year

The death of a family member is never easy, and this is especially true during the holiday season. You begin to miss your loved one even more during this festive time because it brings back memorie...

Tips For Making It Through The Holiday Season When You Feel Depressed

Every person experiences grief and sorrow in different ways. They also heal at a different pace, and there are no specific timelines of patterns that people follow when they are recovering from gri...

What To Expect During The Funeral

It isn't uncommon for many people to find themselves at sea when it comes to interacting with other attendees at a funeral service. Knowing what to do and what to expect during a funeral is an exce...

Who Can Serve As Pallbearers?

Pallbearers at a funeral service are those who escort or carry the casket. In most instances, there could be 6 to 8 pallbearers. This number depends on how many handles the casket has. Sometimes, t...

5 Things To Think About Before Organizing A Funeral

If a family member passes away, you need to take responsibility for organizing the funeral service and other events. However, this isn't an easy task, and numerous things need to be kept in view wh...

Making Healthy Choices While Grieving

When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, you may find it very difficult to look after yourself and stay healthy. However, it is never a good idea to ignore your health, especially at a ti...

Dealing With Sudden Death

If a loved one passes away after an extended illness or from old age, family members are more prepared to deal with that person's death. However, when a death occurs without warning, it can become ...

What To Expect Before The Funeral

When you lose a family member, there are many different things that you need to focus on and plan. While you are dealing with your grief and loss, you also need to make all the funeral service arra...

Ways To Celebrate The Birthday Of A Loved One Who Has Passed

If you have lost a family member or a close friend, very difficult for you to deal with the grief. Sometimes, it can take a very long time for you to come to terms with your loss. The sorrow can be...