Death is a natural occurrence. However, it always strikes when we least expect it on many occasions. Therefore, bereaved members are always left with sorrow and a sense of emptiness that will never be filled. It is always a sad moment. It is during this time that many bereaved individuals fall into depression.
There are many ways in which you can help a family member cope with death, and they will be discussed in this post.
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Here are ways of helping family members cope with death.
1. Understand what to say to a bereaved person.
Many people always worry about what to say to a grieving person. However, it is essential to remember that listening is more important. Well-meaning individuals often avoid talking about the subject or change the subject when the deceased person comes up. This is usually not recommended because the bereaved person needs to feel like their loss is acknowledged.
2. Understand the grieving process
It is important to remember that there is no right way to grieve. Grief never unfolds in an orderly manner but is an emotional rollercoaster and setbacks. Furthermore, it is important to understand that, on many occasions, grief involves extreme behaviors and emotions. Bereaved individuals often feel despair, guilt, and anger.
Therefore, understand them when they lash out at loved ones. Remember not to set a timetable for grief. Grieving has no deadline, and the bereaved should not feel pressured to move on.
3. Give practical assistance
Many grieving individuals find it hard to ask for help. They often feel guilty for receiving all the attention and may fear that they are being a burden to others.
On many occasions, a grieving person does not have the energy to call you when they need something. Thus, let them know that you will always be available if they need anything.
You may also go further and offer suggestions that will make it easier for them to identify the things they need. For instance, you could try saying, “I’m heading to the grocery store this afternoon. What should I bring you?”
4. Be consistent with the support
Even after the funeral is over, the family members will still be grieving. The length of the grieving process has no timeline. So, stay in touch with the bereaved in the long haul and do not withdraw your support. You may also offer extra support on special days that may bring up grief, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
5. Look out for any signs of depression
It is normal if the bereaved person feels depressed and confused. This often fades away as they get over the death. However, when you notice the symptoms are not fading away as they should, you may offer to seek professional help from a grief counsellor.