Recognizing the Signs of Grief in Others
News of funeral services can travel fast in the digital era, but it’s still possible for you to meet a friend who has suffered a loss that you weren’t aware of. Since everyone grieves differently and exhibits mourning in a unique way, one sign that something is wrong is if you notice your friend is acting differently. Perhaps your friend is typically a jovial person , but can’t manage to smile when you meet him or her. Perhaps your friend has always been talkative, but now seems distant and withdrawn.
Of course, it’s always possible for these changes to be caused by other hardships in your friend’s life. Avoid jumping to conclusions, and instead ask your friend if there’s something wrong. When you do hear news of a loss, try to avoid offering advice or saying clichéd statements like, “I know how you feel.” Express your condolences and ask if your friend wants to talk about their loss. Even if they don’t want to discuss it, having you acknowledge their grief will give them comfort.
Compassionate grief support is available in Tucson from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Visit our funeral home on the Web to access our 24/7 grief counseling online , or call us at (520) 888-7470.