• Encourage expression of thoughts and feelings  “Do you feel like talking?”…… “I don’t know what to say, but I care.” …..”Don’t worry if you cry in front of me”
  • Help create rituals
  • Help recall good times
  • Help put regrets into perspective
  • Urge person to look to their faith community and/or a grief professional
  • Plan for difficult times/dates (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, mealtimes)
  • Help clean out loved one’s things and use time to reminisce
  • Suggest writing a letter to the loved one, or keeping a journal
  • Don’t be afraid to have a good time or to laugh
  • Share favorite quotations, words of encouragement
  • Encourage person to take care of their health
  • Help shop, cook, write thank you notes
  • Be patient.  Grief takes time.

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About alonegwen

Retired educator interested in living life fully. Will write about aging wisely, good reads, food, travel, dance reviews, and other items as they interest me.
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