Helping Someone You Love Cope with the Death of a Spouse

When someone you love has lost a spouse, it’s important to remember that everyone grieves differently . Adjust how you interact with your loved one in accordance with his or her needs. For example, your loved one may need some time to be alone, or he or she may prefer to talk through the issues. Let your loved one know that you are there for him or her, but avoid trying to force your loved one to discuss the loss. When talking about the deceased, always use his or her name.

In addition to offering emotional support, you can help your loved one deal with practical affairs. Your loved one may appreciate your help in planning the funeral service and contacting other relatives. A bereaved spouse may also feel at a loss as to carrying out day-to-day activities. Oftentimes, couples split duties. For example, if the deceased primarily handled financial matters, your loved one may need some assistance in this area. Additionally, your loved one may appreciate your offer to do chores or errands.

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When it’s time to honor a loved one, the compassionate staff members of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory are here for you. Families in the Tacoma area can reach us at (253) 584-0252 for grief support services and assistance planning a  funeral or cremation .

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