What should you say to a grieving friend at Easter*?
Here’s how to support grieving friends at Easter — or any time:
(photo by Teresa TL Bruce, TealAshes.com)
- “I’m thinking of you (and your family).” This simple expression of caring is always appropriate.
- Send something (a card or another tangible token) expressing your awareness.
- Bring edibles (snacks, groceries or ready meals).
- Invite them to eat with you (at home or out).
- Listen. Let them reminisce, rage, and roar their grief. Laugh along at great memories. Mourners need to share their feelings.
If you wish to share Easter-related (or other religious-themed) thoughts of comfort with your mourning friends, think carefully before and while speaking. Their grief is valid, and your words should acknowledge that.
Never make assumptions — or admonitions — about what the bereaved should do, feel, or believe. If you express how you feel about your own faith, only speak in relation to your feelings…
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