Grief Support Guide

How to truly support yourself and others at a time of grief.

How to truly support yourself and others at a time of grief.

It is never easy to deal with the loss of a loved one. Grief is an emotion that can be difficult to manage and understand, especially when it's your first time experiencing this type of situation. It may be helpful for you to know what grief feels like, how it will affect your life and ways in which you can cope while grieving.


What is grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It can occur when something or someone we love has been taken away from us, even if they are no longer physically present in our lives. The pain of grief feels overwhelming at times and often leads to other difficult emotions such as shock or anger-- sometimes there's disbelief too; it may also cause guilt which will make you feel like quitting what caused this heartache altogether!

It can take so many forms and you often don’t know how you’ll react until you’re living through it. That’s OK. There are no wrong or right ways to approach grief. All you can do is try to deal with your feelings in a way that feels right to you.

If you’re trying to support a family member or friend, figuring out the right things to say or do can seem daunting. Luckily, you’ve already taken the first step towards helping them, simply through the act of caring. But sometimes, you might wish to do a little more to show support.

Some people feel a sense of support through thoughtful gifts like a card or flowers. Others respond better to you just taking the time to sit, reflect and share stories with them.


How to deal with Grief

If you're currently going through the pain of grief, here are some tips on how you can cope up with it:

1. Allow yourself to grieve - the death of someone close to you is something that will permanently affect how your life goes. If you think that feeling sad and upset will help lessen how your loved one has been forced out of your life, then allow yourself to feel how much they mean to you before moving on.

2. Know what you're feeling - grief does not only bring sadness. This makes it even harder to deal with grief. You can avoid how you feel, but this will just make the event worse.

3. Don't bottle up how you're feeling - thinking that something doesn't bother you when it actually does is a sign of how we try to be strong and brave (which is good); however, trying to hide how we feel won't help us move on from our loss; all it does is make things more complicated for us because we suppress what's inside.

4. Talk to somebody about how you feel; there's no need to share how you're doing with your friends and family, but having somebody on the side who is always there for you totally helps. Another thing: try not to keep how you're feeling bottled up too.

5. Try not to blame how we felt on ourselves; we lost someone we love and sometimes we think it's our fault, but the truth is...it wasn't.


Get support from the comfort of your own home.

Grief is hard to take on alone and you don’t need to (and often shouldn’t) go at it alone. You might be hesitant to ask others for help, and that’s why many find these interactive videos helpful to exploring their own emotions and feelings. Dr. Virginia Simpson is an Executive Counseling Director who created a set of online grief resources, which can help you cope in the way that feels right to you. She takes you through the dimensions and dynamics of grief, helping you to discover coping techniques that heal and encourage you to move forward.


Support your family, even the littlest ones.

Children may not understand the details and specifics, but they can often surprise you with their sensitivity and instinctual way of detecting grief. As the adult, you want to find ways to help them celebrate the life of your loved one and enjoy happy memories and stories. The most important way to support your family is to simply listen to them and pay close attention to the feelings and needs of younger ones. If you sense any serious change in behavior, talk to them to try to get to the root of their feelings.


Learn about each and every way you can support others.

Supporting your friends and family does not have to be complicated. Here are just a few powerful ways you can show support to your loved ones during this difficult time:

  • Share memories. Stories and memories can be incredibly cathartic during difficult times.

  • Be there for them whenever possible, whether it’s as a shoulder to cry on or to help them prepare for a service.

  • Listen. All too often, we forget how important just listening can be.

  • Give a small gift to show your love and support. It could be flowers, a favorite food, or a book that brings them joy. Small gifts show that you’re there, thinking of them.


Get additional resources about support.

No one should have to experience grief alone. If you’re having a hard time, reach out to friends and family and let them know that you need them there. There’s no shame in asking for help.

If you want to help support a loved one in need, just let them know that you’re there for them, at any hour, for anything. If you need additional help, check out our grief support resources.


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Grief. It can take so many forms and you often don’t know how you’ll react until you’re living through it. That’s OK. There are no wrong or right ways to approach grief. All you can do is try to deal with your feelings in a way that feels right to you.

If you’re trying to support a family member or friend, figuring out the right things to say or do can seem daunting .Luckily, you’ve already taken the first step towards helping them, simply through the act of caring. But sometimes, you might wish to do a little more to show support.

Some people feel a sense of support through a thoughtful gift like a card or flowers. Others respond better to you just taking the time to sit, reflect and share stories with them. Getting in touch with Millet Guidry Funeral Home in LaPlace, LA is your best option to reach out to a grieving person.

Get support from the comfort of your own home.

Grief is hard to take on alone and you don’t need to (and often shouldn’t) go at it alone. You might be hesitant to ask others for help, and that’s why many find these interactive videos helpful to exploring their own emotions and feelings. Dr. Virginia Simpson is an Executive Counseling Director who created a set of online grief resources, which can help you cope in the way that feels right to you. She takes you through the dimensions and dynamics of grief, helping you to discover coping techniques that heal and encourage you to move forward.

Support your family, even the littlest ones.

Children may not understand the details and specifics, but they can often surprise you with their sensitivity and instinctual way of detecting grief. As the adult, you want to find ways to help them celebrate the life of your loved one and enjoy happy memories and stories.

The most important way to support your family is to simply listen to them and pay close attention to the feelings and needs of younger ones. If you sense any serious change in behavior, talk to them to try to get to the root of their feelings.

For additional help, refer to this great resource from Sesame Street, which will help your family move forward in a healthy and educated manner.

Learn about each and every way you can support others.

Supporting your friends and family does not have to be complicated. Here are just a few powerful ways you can show support to your loved ones during this difficult time:

  • Share memories. Stories and memories can be incredibly cathartic during difficult times.
  • Be there for them whenever possible, whether it’s as a shoulder to cry on or to help them prepare for a service.
  • Listen. All too often, we forget how important just listening can be.
  • Give a small gift to show your love and support. It could be flowers, a favorite food, or a book that brings them joy. Small gifts show that you’re there, thinking of them.

Get additional resources about support.

No one should have to experience grief alone. If you’re having a hard time, reach out to friends and family and let them know that you need them there. There’s no shame in asking for help.

If you want to help support a loved one in need, just let them know that you’re there for them, at any hour, for anything. If you need additional help, check out our grief support resources.

Get daily support to help you through each day.

Could you benefit from a daily dose of encouragement and inspiration? We’ve been there too. There are simply some days when you need a little extra light in your life. Sign up for daily emails to get hope and motivation in your inbox, each and every morning. Visit our sign up page for 365 days of support.

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