Consider Gratitude as You Journey through Grief When you are faced with loss, it can be difficult to feel a sense of gratitude in your life, yet gratitude can lift your spirits and open the pathway for good things that are yet to come. Think of all the things in your life for which you […]

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Be Compassionate – 6 Guidelines for Helping a Grieving Friend Give your friend permission to express his or her feelings without fear of criticism.  Let your friend feel safe with you. Learn from your friend; don’t instruct or set expectations about how he or she should respond.  Be open to what happens. Think about your […]

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Helping a Friend in Grief A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. You want to help, but you are not sure how to go about it. Listen with your heart. Helping begins with your ability to be an active listener. Your physical presence and desire to listen without judging or offering solutions is […]

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How to Receive Grief Support from Others The quality and quantity of understanding support you get during your grief journey will influence your capacity to heal. You cannot – nor should you try to – do this alone. Drawing on the experiences and encouragement of friends, fellow mourners or counselors is not a weakness, but […]

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Care Tip:  The Grieving Need Extra Support on Certain Days Those grieving still need messages of sympathy for years to come after a death, especially on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. You are not reminding them of their loss when you send a card or do something extra on these days. Instead, you are offering comfort […]

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