How do you help grieving people when there is a death in your family or circle of friends?
Recently, our community was stunned by the violent death of a young man, an all-too-common event these days.
Many wondered what they could to help, instead of sending flowers.
Whether the death is expected or not, here are some great ways to show Christian love and compassion.
Help Grieving People:
- Pray. It’s the best place to start. Continue to ask God to wrap His arms around the family.
- Offer to run errands. Often, family members are crippled by grief and find everyday activities difficult to do.
- Provide financial assistance.
- Be a companion. When I’ve lost relatives, I didn’t want to be alone. Others, too, may appreciate having someone near.
- Take food. Preparing and delivering meals can be a tremendous help for grieving relatives who might not feel like doing the work.
- Arrange for chores or repairs to be done.
- Care for children.
- Listen. There’s no way you or anyone else can “fix” grief. However, being available to listen and show your concern is often what grieving people need most.
- Participate over time. We have short attention spans. Many of the folks who are present for the visitation and funeral often disappear afterwards. Grieving people need support after the funeral, as much as before and during.
What are your tips to help those who are grieving?
(Looking for other ways to help? Click here!)
(Here is my post about betrayal, if you missed it!)
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