When a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one, it's obvious to feel helpless. Sometimes we think we're doing the right thing by trying to cheer them up, pointing out the positives or letting them know that they should try to move on.
Well intentioned as we may be, those efforts tend to put pressure on them and leave them feeling invalidated. Here are some ways to help you support your friend in times of need.
Let go of time expectations.
The grief-stricken person struggles for longer than expected. If this happens, regardless of how frustrating or frightening it may be for you, let them grieve for however long they need, knowing you won't judge them for it.
Recognize the stages of grief.
The suffering of a loss goes through the stages like: denial, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance. Each one is healthy and necessary. The more familiar you are with these stages, the better equipped you'll be to support your friend.
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