Supporting a Friend Through the Grieving Process

By: Les Fee
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You may be trying to figure out a helpful way to support your friend through this time of loss without doing or saying anything that may upset them. This is a sensitive time for your friend and they are going through a lot of pain, emotions, and feelings they may not have had to deal with previously.


Just know, that by being a friend who is there for them and supports the way they are grieving in order to heal, is encouraging all on its own. You be experiencing a sense of distance or notice your friend has withdrawn socially. Here at, Fee & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service, we have provided you with information to better understand how someone grieves and ways in which you can be there for a friend during this time.


At the initial time of a loss of a loved one, your friend may experience a sense of shock or disbelief that this has happened. They are doing everything possible to try and figure out how this is making the feel and how they will cope with it moving forward. For a time that seems impossible to get through, having a friend that is there for them is the first step to supporting them as they deal with this is immense paid and empty feeling.


After the funeral service and all the gatherings with family and friends to say their last goodbye and honor their loved one, they will deal with a confrontation of the loss. Reality will begin to sink in and they may not be able to think of anything else. Their emotions will take over their mind and body in a sense and it will be hard for them to get back to normal daily life. During this time, hearing a friendly voice, or spending time with familiar faces and can help to bring them out of this emotional state. Also, be able to express how they feel with you, can significantly help the healing process.


Once they have reached a point where they have come to accept the loss from their life, they can begin to get back to things that they would normally do that they may have had difficulty with during the confrontation stages of the grieving process. Remember that anger, guilt, loss of appetite, or hiding away on their own, are normal for your friend to deal with and feel during a time of loss. If you notice these symptoms don’t lessen or even get worse, preventing them from entering the accepting stage of the giving process, it is important to take action.


Seeking out professional help and resources such as therapy or support groups, for you friend may be necessary in order to help them heal. If you have any questions or would like to talk to our professionals here at, Fee & Sons Funeral and Cremation Service, you can contact us here.

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