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How to Comfort Someone in Grief

October 26, 2015
When a person or pet dies, we want to be there for their loved ones, yet it's hard to know how to comfort them. Everyone's experience of grief is unique and should be taken into consideration. 

Would you like to be more intuitive about the needs of the griever? This is a wonderful gift we can give others. Allow me to explain how it can happen.

Here's the biggest thing to remember: Doing nothing is the most hurtful choice, but saying too much is often just as damaging.

 There are some basic customs that honor the living and dead:
  • Buying a card
  • Leaving a voicemail
  • Financial support
  • Making food 
  • Sending flowers
  • Donating to a non-profit
  • Texting or phone calls
Certainly, there are more options. Get a piece of paper and write down as many as you can. Now, set your own preferences aside and put your focus on the one who is grieving.

Close your eyes and start to pray. Allow your finger to glide on the paper and see where it lands. God knows what is needed. Let it come through you, not from you.

Finally, when you do speak or write, consider dropping clichés like, "I'm sorry for your loss." Instead, let the person know you are here for them and that you love them.

Until next time,

Suzi Caffreys

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