How You Can Help A Loved One With Loss

As all of us go through these trying times at present, it can be hard to comfort loved ones who are grieving, grieving, and going through loss. 

When someone grieves, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. Grieving people experience a wide range of painful emotions, including sadness, guilt, anger, and depression. Sometimes people feel uncomfortable offering their support to someone who feels isolated and alone in their grief. Be careful not to let your discomfort stop you from offering. 

Here are a few ideas to try: 

Do not let your fear of doing something wrong stop you from reaching out to them.

Tell them you’re here to listen to them. 

Recognize that everyone grieves differently. 

Even after a funeral, stay supportive

Understanding The Grieving Process Is Important

Understanding grief and its recuperation will enable you to provide better support to those who are grieving. Neither the wrong way nor the right way to grieve exists. Extreme behavior and emotions are often associated with grief. Each person will grieve differently, so there is no set time for grieving, and some people do not mourn right away.

Knowing What To Say 

People always have trouble with this. Understanding what to say. Despite this, it’s crucial to listen more than talk. Grieving people have different ideas about what they want to hear, and one way to help is simply to offer a listening ear and let them talk when they are ready. As a result, nothing you say can change it. If they feel like talking about the deceased, let them, but don’t dictate how they should feel or push them. 

  • Your concern and sympathies are appreciated 
  • Find out how they feel by asking them 
  • Be understanding of their feelings 
  • Communicate with sincerity
  • Don’t be afraid to sit in silence.
  • Donate your time and resources.
  • Help with Practical Issues

Those who are grieving will find it difficult to ask for help, they don’t want to receive attention or become burdens to others. You might go grocery shopping, or run a hoover around to offer practical assistance. Even offering to do upsetting tasks such as shop for an urn on a Mortuary Supplies could help massively. Offering a few choices rather than having to shop around could make the experience less upsetting. 

An individual grieving can benefit from much practical assistance. It would be helpful if you could:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Get errands done.
  • Deliver a meal or essential items
  • Help with funeral arrangements.
  • Take calls while at home 
  • Assistance with insurance forms or bills.
  • Clean or do laundry as part of household chores.
  • Kids can be watched or picked up from school by their parents.
  • Drive them around to run errands
  • Provide for their pets
  • Take a walk 

I hope this short guide helps you to offer support to someone you love who is grieving. Although you may not feel as though you are helping, just being there for them can help. 

Photo by Shane.

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Mia Guerra

Mia Guerra

Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine
Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.
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Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.