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The Awkwardness of grief: How to comfort a friend

Beautiful Southern California evening
Beautiful Southern California evening
photo by Maria Fraire

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  • Becky, Cleve. Family Examiner 5 years ago

    It is very hard to comfort someone because we just don't know what to do. These are very good tips to keep in mind.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Wow ... perfect timing ... a dear friend just loss her Mom ... I am guilty of the "Let me know what I can do." statement ... which is said with sincerest of intentions, but good to be reminded that sometimes just "showing up" is the right thing to do. : ) Thanks Maria!

  • Yvette 5 years ago

    Mari, I loved your article. It brought back lots of memories of when my father passed away 5 years ago this past April 27th. It is such a painful experience to go through. The many well intended prayers and thoughts from friends and acquaintances do mean a lot and help ease the pain. But,like you say, sometimes just a simple " I'm here" is all that is needed at the moment. What I found out from that experience though is that, actions speak louder than words. In hard and sad times we find out who our friends truly are. Keep up the good work my friend

  • carrie 5 years ago

    I think this is very good advice. I am so fortunate to have not lost someone very close to me. So I may be one to feel uncomfortable and awkward in these situations. However, im also one to feel others pain with them, and so I hope I would be one of the "present"ones for a friend. I also think its important to respect each individuals manner of grieving. Some personalities are more introverted and need more alone time. Its important to let our friends know when we need to be alone or need to talk. Thanks Maria

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