How to Help a Friend Through the Grieving Process

By: Danny Amoruccio
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Watching your friend grieve isn't easy. You would want to support them and help see them through this stage. But sometimes, you may not be sure of how to handle the situation.  As professionals that provide grief counseling to grieving families, we know that it can be difficult for them to come to terms with their grief.  If you have a friend that has suffered a loss, here are some things you can do to help them:

  • Never offer any help that you can’t give. For example, do not make any empty promises like’” I’m here day or night in case you need me,” if that’s something you can’t do. Consider how much help you can give before you offer it.
     
  • It's also crucial that you give them the space they require. Some people prefer to be alone while others want some company in their time of grief. Judge what your friend needs and then help them in the way you can.
     
  • Be there to support your friend and try to help them do things that will be a bit of a distraction from the things they are feeling and the situation they are going through.
     
  • See how you can help them heal, and to some extent, forget all the pain and sorrow they are going through.
     
  • Be patient, lend a sympathetic shoulder, and listen to what they are saying.

These are just some of the things you can do for your friend who is grieving after the death of a loved one. If you want any more information about cemeteries or need to book a space, give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on (203) 222-8646. You can also contact us through our online form, and we will revert within the shortest possible time.

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