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Grief and mourning…things you can do to help
Grief Coping Skills
Remember, everyone grieves differently. Acknowledging the grief coping skills of those you love will help you cater to their needs. Do they love watching particular types of movies or TV shows? Do they love to workout? Would they enjoy a ride to the beach to listen (and possibly get in) the ocean?
If you know someone, it’s important that you do the things that matter to them, not the things that you want them to do. Be the person in their life that isn’t asking anything of them, nor demanding that they use grief coping skills that make YOU comfortable.
Recently a friend of mine came over after hearing my cousin committed suicide. Everyone who knows me knows that I love massages, but I didn’t feel like one at the time. He INSISTED on rubbing my feet, which I didn’t want.
There was no rhyme or reason to my logic, I just didn’t feel like having my feet rubbed. Do not pressure someone into doing anything. A good friend will never insist, and will do what is necessary, not what they want to do.
10 ways to help someone dealing with grief and mourning
- set up a food delivery service
- gift them music
- hire a housekeeper
- buy toys for the kids that don’t make noise
- help out around the house
- buy them a gift card to their favorite store(s)
- send them a thoughtful card
- buy essential household items
- give them money
- do tasks around the home