How to Act Around People Who Are Grieving

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, an immediate reaction might be to try to ease his grief. Knowing how to provide the comfort he needs may be more difficult to discern, though. Extending your condolences is one action you can take to show your friend or family member that you care. Your comfort can be shown and felt in a myriad of other ways as well.

How to Act Around People Who Are Grieving - Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

Lend a Hand

Grief can make it incredibly difficult to focus on everyday tasks. Errands such as grocery shopping and doing the laundry may prove too overwhelming for someone who is mourning. To show your support for your friend or family member, pitch in around the house. Doing the dishes, vacuuming the carpet, and washing the car are just a few ways to show your sympathy and give your loved one time to heal.

Provide Space

No two people grieve in the same way. Some individuals find comfort in the presence of their friends and family members, while others withdraw from those around them. Give your loved one reassurances that you are available to him during his time of grief; however, you may find that he prefers to be on his own while he works through his feelings. Continue to touch base with your friend or family member, but if he wants time to himself, give him the space he needs.

Let Them Mourn

The grieving process holds to no one timetable. It may take weeks, months, or even years for your friend or family member to finally come to a place of peace. Even then, the holidays and other special occasions may bring to the surface feelings of sadness. Therefore, refrain from trying to hurry your loved one through his grief. Allowing him to talk about his emotions and remember treasured memories of his loved one are key to his healing no matter how long it takes.

Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park offers compassionate support and aid to those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Call (650) 349-4411 or go to our website to learn more about our services. Our San Mateo funeral home provides individualized burial, cremation, and funeral options that cater to the needs of our clients. 

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