Dealing with the loss of a loved one or even a patient is oftentimes difficult, Especially knowing what to say to a family, friend or caregiver, for worry to offend them or say the wrong thing. Remember, Grieving is a natural human experience and we all have different ways of dealing with grief or loss.
Here are two Tips for Supporting Healthy Grieving
It can be hard to know how to interact with friends and family members dealing with loss.
Ask how they are doing. Keep in mind those who are grieving will be very mindful of their loss. Don’t be afraid to mention the loved one’s name. People often find it very affirming and supportive to be asked how they’re doing and to hear their loved one’s name. Allow them talk and share experiences about their loved one- this is therapeutic.
Include them in social activities. It’s natural to think those who are grieving don’t want to be part of a party or get-together, but most people find it nice to be with others. They can decide for themselves if they want to go, but the most important thing is to be thought of, remembered and included. Don't take it personal if they decline an event or social outing. Try again at a later date.
by Stacy Remke, Social Worker