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How To Help A Friend Through A Family Bereavement

Losing a loved one is never easy. When those sad moments do befall us, the support of friends and family can make a world of difference. So if your friend has lost someone that they hold dear, you must fulfil your responsibilities by being ready to help.

There are various things that you can do to help your friend. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to conduct yourself. Bereavement affects different people in various ways. It’s up to you to spot the areas where they need help. However, the first thing you should do is show your support. Enchanted Florist’s sympathy flowers are a great way to show that you care.

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arrowSome people will shut themselves off for a little time while others will want a shoulder to cry on straight away. You should respect their specific needs. Nevertheless, keeping an eye on them is vital at all times. The knowledge that you are there when they need support can be very comforting indeed.

There’s a good chance that your friend will forget to look after themselves. Skipping meals isn’t uncommon. Therefore, one of the best things you can do is ensure that they are getting the nutrition that they need. If nothing else, it’s imperative that they start the day with a solid breakfast. Even if you cook meals that are ready to be frozen and reheated, it can make a huge impact in those early moments.

Helping out with cleaning and other chores is another fantastic form of support. If your friend has young children, then you may want to offer babysitting services. It might not be something that appeals in those first few days, but it can be very useful when funeral preparations start to take shape.

As a supportive friend, those funeral arrangements are another area where you can help. You won’t want to stop on anybody’s toes. Nevertheless, a few emails and phone calls will allow you to do some of the research on their behalf. Just make sure that the closest family are the ones making those major decisions.

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This is a terribly sad time in your friend’s life. But life goes on, and you must try to keep them in a positive mind. Taking their mind off of things for a short while can be helpful. Different people find solace in various activities. Whether it’s a night of drinking or a spa day doesn’t matter. Just be there.

At this time, your friend is likely to reflect on those magical moments with the lost one. You can help by getting a photobook produced. Just because their loved one has passed on, it doesn’t mean that they should be forgotten. It is a period of mourning, but you should also try to help your friend focus on celebrating the magical moments that were shared.
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Ultimately, nothing you do will bring the departed member back. However, with your constant support, your friend will at least feel like they have a rock to keep them strong. If only one thing matters more than anything, it’s that you are available.

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