Families First Grief Support

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How to SUPPORT someone who is GRIEVING Be compassionate. Allow them to express their feelings without judgement or criticism. Let them lead you through their grief…
How to SUPPORT someone who is GRIEVING Be compassionate. Allow them to express their feelings without judgement or criticism. Let them lead you through their grief journey; refrain from directing them. Listen with your HEART If you are genuine in your offer of support, be prepared to listen…really listen. The person you care about may repeat the story many times, but this is how they are coming to the painful reality that someone they loved has died. Be prepared to listen…. in silence. UNDERSTAND the loss from their perspective Each person’s reaction to the death of a loved one differs. You are not an expert on anyone’s pain. Step out of your shoes and into theirs to see what the death truly means to them. AVOID CLICHÉS Although well intentioned, they do more harm than good. In our effort to relieve pain, we resort to these platitudes: “They’re not suffering”, “At least they lived a good, long life”, “Thank goodness you have other children”, “Call me if you need anything” or “Tears won’t bring them back”. But this minimizes the person’s pain. When words fail you, instead try “I don’t know what to say”. Don’t make assumptions on OUTWARD APPEARANCES A griever’s outward appearance doesn’t always match how they feel on the inside. Allow them to get the TEARSout of the way. Generally, we are uncomfortable with crying. However, if the person you care about expresses their pain and sadness through tears, create a safe place for them to allow the tears to flow. UNDERSTAND LAUG HTE R IS HEALTHY Know that spontaneous laughter during grief is necessary and ok. OFFER specific practical assistance Be clear about what you are prepared to do, offer, and then follow through. KEEP IN CONTACT Many people do not keep in contact with the bereaved person beyond the funeral or for a few weeks after. The bereaved person requires ongoing support long after the funeral is over. We never “get over” the death of someone loved; we learn, over time, how best to live with it. OFFER HOPE Without minimizing or dismissing their pain, reassure the griever to continue to actively mourn so that pain will diminish and life will once again make sense. If you have additional questions or if you or someone you know are interested in private councelling sessions please call a member of our Team. Life Celebrations. Cremation. Traditional Funerals. Event Reception. 519-969-5841 FAMILIESFIRST.CA South Windsor | East Windsor | LaSalle | Amherstburg
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