When you’re supporting a friend or relative through their grief, look to the calendar for dates about when they might need extra care. Holidays, certain anniversaries, and special occasions and can be painful, particularly in the first year.
Acknowledging those days with a message or card is a wonderful way to check in and offer comfort. If you want to extend some extra support, here are some ideas.
The period leading up to the one-year mark are filled with memories. Check in to see how your friend is going: They might welcome a chance to talk about their feelings, get together, or share stories. You might also:
A card is always a tangible reminder you care for your friend. Here are some ideas of what to say:
You might also offer to take them to a favourite restaurant or place to hang out. Make it your treat and be present with them.
What your friend might need on Valentine’s Day depends on who they’ve lost. It might just be a day to remind them they’re loved, or they might be missing their romantic rituals. Some ideas to consider:
The loss of a parent can make these annual celebrations very hard. Here are a few ways to support your friend in their grief:
December and January are full of family traditions and can be especially difficult for those in mourning.
Since you know your friend best, we know you’ll find a loving and meaningful way to show them you care. Most of all, think about their needs and what they may be feeling, then let that guide your heart. Your support will help carry them through…more than you’ll ever imagine.