Words Of Comfort For A Loss
When you talk to someone who is grieving, it can be hard to find the right words of comfort for their loss. Even though the words don’t come easily and you just don’t know what to say, remember that your grieving friend or loved one does want to hear from you.
It’s natural for a lot of people to start the conversation with a “How are you doing?” or “How are you handling the loss?”. If you really think about that question logically though, it’s clear that someone who has just lost a loved one wouldn’t be doing all that well. It’s much better to be specific, for example:
- “Can I help you with anything around the house this week?”
- “I know you’re feeling overwhelmed right now, but if there’s anything you need to talk about I’m here for you.”
- “I can’t imagine the sorrow that you are feeling right now, but I just want you to know that I’m here for you whenever you need support.”
Essentially, you’re letting him or her know that you care and that you’re always available to help or just be there for the person. It might not seem like much considering what they’ve just been through, but believe me, it will mean the world to that person.
How To Help Someone Grieving
If your friend is grieving a loss, never assume that someone else is going to step in and help. Believe it or not, a lot of the time people just stop helping the bereaved once the funeral is over. This is the time when they need your help and support the most.
When you first approach someone who is grieving to ask if you can help in any way, you may sometimes encounter some resistance. When this happens, don’t be afraid to give them a gentle push or ask again in a day or two. The care and support that you give will never be forgotten.
If you have more questions about how to help someone grieving or how to find the right words of comfort for a loss, do leave a comment or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I highly recommend my book “I Don’t Know What To Say” if you want more specific advice about the subject.