How to help someone grieve from a distance

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

It's hard enough when you're right beside someone to know how to help them deal with their grief during a difficult situation, but having hundreds, maybe thousands of miles between you can just exacerbate the issue.
You may feel helpless and like there's nothing you can do to help your friend or family member through this, but there are several ways you can help someone grieve, even from a distance. Here are a few suggestions on how to be present even when you can't be there physically.

Grieving a Fallen Service Member

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

Grieving a loved one, no matter what they do for a living, is difficult. But when a family loses service members, it can be particularly rough as there are additional obstacles and expectations. Whether you are a part of the military community or not, there are many ways you can help a family or loved one through this difficult time.

Send a Meal: A Nutritious Alternative

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When someone is going through a difficult time in their lives, or they are grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing on their mind is their own health. Often eating and exercising habits go out the window. At the same time, people may be sending sympathy gifts such as gift baskets that aren't necessarily nutritious alternatives.

A Sympathy Gift for the Whole Family

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When someone faces a loss, they rarely do it alone. If your friend has lost a spouse, it's likely their children have lost a parent, siblings have lost a brother or sister and in some cases, parents have lost a child.
In times of grief and distress, families come together, often staying together in the same house, or spending lots of time together doing the necessary tasks involved with a death such as funeral planning, visitations and the like.

Setting up a Meal Calendar for Someone in Grief

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When someone you love is going through a difficult time or has lost someone they love, people will rally around them and do whatever they can to help. In many cases, and most historically, people have brought food to people as they deal with their grief. But as this tradition evolved, people began to realize too much food was coming in all at once, overwhelming the bereaved, and leaving much of the food to go to waste.

The Gift of Time

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When you've got a friend or loved one who is dealing with loss your natural reaction is probably to offer support and assistance, and maybe send them some flowers. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what kind of help might be most useful.

Five Things Not to Say to Those Who Are Grieving

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When a friend or loved one suffers a loss it's often hard to know the right thing to say.
When you say the following things to someone who is grieving it is likely that you don't mean to hurt their feelings. Much of the time you are trying to engage them in conversation, convey sympathy, and gain a better understanding of what they are dealing with. No matter what you are working to achieve, consider the following phrases or topics off-limits when talking with a friend or loved one who is bereaved:

Helping Children Deal with Grief

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

Handling your child's first experience with death can be tricky. Your child's age as well as their relationship with the person who has passed will have the greatest influence on how you deal with the situation.
Children process loss differently at each age but there are things you can do to help them work through the grieving process, just as you would with an adult, to help them navigate what can be a very confusing time.

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