When a loved one dies, it is a difficult and trying time for those left behind. The support of friends and family can be vital during this difficult period. There are many thoughtful things you can do to support someone who is grieving.
Video: 13 Thoughtful Things To Do For Someone Who's Lost A Loved One
- Reach out and offer your condolences. A simple phone call, text, or email can go a long way in showing your support.
- Send a sympathy card. If you're not sure what to say, consider quoting a meaningful poem or scripture verse.
- Check in on them regularly, even if they don't want to talk. Just being there for them can be a huge help.
- Bring them meals or groceries, so they don't have to worry about cooking or shopping.
- Offer to help out with practical tasks like running errands or taking care of pets.
- Help them plan memorial services or tribute events, if they're struggling with the logistics.
- Listen to them when they want to talk about their loved one, and offer words of support and comfort.
- Share your own memories of the person they lost, so they know they're not alone in their grief.
- Make a donation in the person’s name to a charity that was important to them.
- Put together a photo album or memory book for them, so they can cherish fond memories.
- Give them space when they need it, and respect their privacy during this difficult time.
- Most importantly, let them know that you're there for them, no matter what.
- Hopefully they had a Last Will and Testament, though most people do not. But you could offer help to find a lawyer as the estate must be settled before any distribution of assets can begin.