How To Support A Grieving Friend

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

It can be highly distressing to see a friend in sorrow. Your heart breaks for them, and you sincerely want to assist them. They, too, may long for help to get through this dark period but might be unable to voice it. In these situations, you often don't know how to handle a problem and are unsure how to help. Here are some suggestions from Gallagher Funeral Home on how you can help a bereaved friend:

1. Determine The Kind Of Support Required

Determine the kind of support they need before agreeing to help your friend and understand whether they need your help emotionally, financially, to do some physical work, or anything else. You can figure it out by quietly observing the circumstance and finding the voids in support before deciding what role you will play in bridging those gaps.

2. Never Make Half-Baked Promises

It is critical to provide prompt assistance to a grieving friend. However, it is equally vital to assist to the level possible rather than make false promises. For example, if you offer to be accessible at all hours of the day and night, consider if you can deliver on that promise. If you want to help your friend, be forthright about it.

3. Refrain From Becoming Overbearing

It is critical to ensure that any assistance given is not pressured and take note of and pay attention to your friend's needs. While you should be around when they need you, also provide the grieving individual some space. Your assistance should be calming rather than overpowering. Accept their desires as final without passing judgment.

4. Fill In The Blanks

Some members of your bereaved friend's family need a break from their obligations by sharing them with someone eager to assist. You can fill in the gaps and can look for opportunities to do so.

For any details about funeral services, feel free to call Gallagher Funeral Home at 318-640-1375. Our professional and experienced funeral director and staff are friendly and help you with all the details you need to preplan your service.

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