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Helping a Friend Deal With the Grieving Process

| Wendy Han

Coming to terms with the loss of someone you love isn’t an easy process. Grief can be an overwhelming thing, and it can take a toll on you both mentally and physically without you realising. That’s why having a dependable support system of friends and family is essential for your overall well being. 

Death can make you feel exposed and alone, and can make you feel that nothing good will ever come again. Having friends that you can count on around you is a reminder that feeling isolated can be a temporary state, and that you will be able to heal from this experience together. If you know someone experiencing loss, there are some things you can do to bring them comfort during their grieving process

How can you be there for a grieving friend?

While there are many ways to support a grieving friend, it’s important to remember that everyone grieves in their own way, and even just offering your support to them is a good starting point to helping them recover from a loss.    

1. Understand and empathise 

Don’t worry, it’s completely normal to not know what to say to a grieving friend, and remaining silent may actually be better than generic words of comfort such as “you’ll be fine”. Understanding their emotions and empathising with their loss is the first step to connecting with them, and learning how you can best be there to cater to their needs. 

Grief can even have physical symptoms such as nausea, loss of breath and even poor appetite which can weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to infections. Therefore, know that your support isn’t caring for their emotional well being, but also physical.

2. Check in regularly on them

Loneliness as a whole is a painful experience, and is especially bad when you’ve just lost someone close to you. Checking in on your friend regularly reminds them that they’re not alone, and that there’s a support system they can lean on if they want to. 

On top of that, regularly checking in on them helps to keep your friend emotionally available. In doing so, this helps them to continue forming intimate relationships with people rather than closing up, which can be common for many when experiencing loss.

3. Listen to them without judgement 

Many times, we’re so quick to solve problems that we forget to actually listen to the issue at hand. More often than not, friends that are grieving just want a listening ear that they can talk to, so that they can organise their thoughts and feelings. 

Hearing them out without judgement gives them a safe space to make sense of their emotions, which helps them process their grief and recover from the incident.

4.  Help to attend to their basic needs

People that are grieving can sometimes be too overwhelmed and forget to take care of themselves. Basic chores such as cooking or buying meals, washing the dishes and other errands are forgotten about and can pile up over time. 

That’s where you come in. By helping them keep track of the things that need getting done and even doing it, it helps relieve stress off your friend. By doing so, you’re giving them the emotional and mental freedom to recover from their loss, which is vital during their five stages of grief

Why is Floristique the best place to buy condolence flowers?

Providing your friend with a heartfelt bouquet of condolence flowers is a common way of showing your sincerity when someone loses a loved one. Flowers have been long used as a symbol to show your respect, sympathy and condolences to someone who is going through a difficult period. 

If you’re looking to purchase condolence flowers from a reliable and attentive florist, Floristique has a range of bouquets that would more than meet your needs, with various delivery options available. If you’d like to learn more, you can view our other blog posts, or contact us for all enquiries.

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