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How do you help friends and family when a loved one has died?

  1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image83
    Kimberly Vaughnposted 5 years ago

    How do you help friends and family when a loved one has died?

  2. lburmaster profile image82
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    I normally go over to their house to deliver a meal and, if it is family, I clean their house a bit and spend more time with them. We usually go through boxes belonging to the dead family member.

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image83
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was thinking of making some meals for them. Thanks Iburmaster!

  3. innerspin profile image94
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    People grieve in different ways. There may be an overall "pattern" but there's no right or wrong way to feel. Accepting how a bereaved person feels, and needs to behave, is helpful. Some want to talk and have company, some need space to be alone. A person may want to keep busy, or be incapable of doing anything. You can support them by showing you care in whatever way seems appropriate.

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image83
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very insightful innerspin. Thanks for sharing.

  4. connorj profile image76
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    I share my comatose experience with them; it always assists them and reduces "the blow" somewhat... … oof-of-Him

  5. mariasial profile image68
    mariasialposted 5 years ago

    i use to visit them, sit with them, try to cheer them. I also offer prayer for one who left us alone.

  6. lostdogrwd profile image59
    lostdogrwdposted 5 years ago

    you can't for you will never be a replacement for a lost. the best you can do is be there to assist on what ever there need and understanding what they going though and if you never had a lost you can't understand that.

  7. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to ease the pain. Just be with them for their comfort. Listen if they want to talk, hold them if they want to be held, speak if they want to be spoken to, pray with them if they want to pray, let them grieve and please tell them to grieve in their own way , it's okay to grieve. It is essential in healing along the way. Just be there.

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image83
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you JThomp. That is a great suggestion.

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are very welcome Kimberly.

  8. Beata Stasak profile image84
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    Offer them your time, that may be spent in silence
    offer them your patience
    to fill their suddenly empty space with your presence
    offer them some comfort food
    you prepared
    just for them
    we all need to eat
    even in the time of great sadness
    sitting there
    by their side
    and sharing the food of love
    is sometimes only thing you can do
    for a while.....