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Grief is a process that takes time, so be patient, and encourage the grieving person to have patience as well.
People who are grieving may not always ask for help when they need it, so offer your assistance when you think it might be helpful.
Loss must be faced, so don’t attempt to avoid it or distract the person who is mourning. It’s more helpful to acknowledge the pain than to try to stop it.
Don’t be afraid to talk about the person your friend is grieving. Follow your friend’s lead.
Tears are a healthy expression of grief, so be a shoulder to cry on. Encourage the person to express his or her feelings.
Grieving people need to talk, so be available to listen. Listen attentively, no matter how many times a story has been told.
What can you say? What can you do? When a friend is grieving, you want to help. You want to be there as a support for the person and help ease the sorrow and pain.
Here are some things to remember: