How Can You Support a Grieving Friend After the Funeral Has Ended?
Being present at the funeral service for a friend’s loved one is an excellent way to show her that you care. If, however, you are wondering what more you can do once the funeral ceremony has ended, then read on for some helpful tips.
It can be difficult to know what to say to someone who is grieving. Besides letting your friend know that you are sorry for her loss, you can offer support by asking her what you can do to help and what she needs. More importantly, be prepared to lend your friend a listening ear, and let her know that you are available to talk if she wants. Also, simply being present and spending time with your friend can be an excellent way to give her the support that she needs during this difficult time.
Besides asking your friend what it is that you can do to help her, it can also be a good idea to offer specific suggestions. In many cases, people are reluctant to ask for assistance and may not take action on open-ended offers for help. For this reason, consider making specific suggestions. For example, you can offer to bring by dinner in the days following the funeral, watch her children so she can spend some time taking care of herself, or help out with everyday tasks around the house.
When someone loses a loved one, it is common for their friends and close family members to contact them frequently following the funeral service. However, in many cases, this type of communication drops off a month or so following the loss. To continue to support your grieving friend, try to stay in touch with her well after the funeral ceremony has ended.
The funeral services offered by Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you honor a life that was lived to support your healing after a loss. For details about what we do at our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington, call (253) 584-0252.