How You Can Help A Family Touched By Death
Often people just want to talk. They may talk about the deceased, their life together, or what influence they had on their life, their ups and downs, the good and sad times. They may repeat things many times. This is okay – in the early stages of grief they might not remember what they have said or to whom.
Offer Your Support
Being available and offering your support in any way will help the family through this difficult time. You may be able to host a family member, supply extra bedding or answer the phone and take messages. You may take care of animals if they have any, or do some shopping for them or simply cook a meal or cake.
Talk About The Deceased
This is very important. Many people will avoid this, “in case they upset the family”. But the family needs to talk about their loved one, they want to share their memories. You may have your own personal memories that you could share with them.
Allow Them Space
When a death occurs, many family and friends will visit and sometimes the family needs time out. It is important to allow them this time. Perhaps you could screen calls and take messages. Have a book available to write down details of who called.