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Helping your grieving friend can be challenging because every person grieves differently. Not to mention, those grieving often don’t know what it is that they need either.

The holidays are extra tricky, too. Do you wish them a “Merry” and “Bright” Christmas to cheer them up? Probably not. What about “Happy New Year” or other popular dates? What do you say to someone grieving?

Instead of sending that unhelpful and dreaded “Happy Holiday” text message, here are supportive alternatives. Keep in mind that you know your friend best. Write the text in a way that feels natural to you.

The following grief messages are examples you can send to a friend:

If you’re a friend or family member trying to provide comfort to a grieving heart, the last thing you want to do is bring them more pain. So when you’re told, “Your words and actions are hurtful. You don’t understand,” it may be easy to feel unappreciated or confused. I was just trying to help, you think. The Story of Peanuts and Grief After a long walk, Maria said to her friend Samantha, “Hey, I’m kind of hungry.” Samantha, recalling she had food in her backpack, offered some to Maria. “Hey, here’s some peanuts. I know it’s not much, but it’s all I have.” “Oh, I appreciate it, but I’m afraid I’m allergic,” said Maria. “But, I’m trying to be helpful. Just eat the peanuts,” Samantha said a bit bothered with her friend. “It’s kind of you, but the peanuts you’re giving me will make my stomach hurt more,” Maria…

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