Basic Needs of the Bereaved
Grief is a normal, healthy process of life. Being a supportive friend can mean the world to someone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Below are some ways you can help.
A healthy balance of companionship and privacy – Be supportive, but allow privacy when a grieving loved one asks for it.
The opportunity to express grief without embarrassment – Provide a warm, comforting environment in which the bereaved can express their feelings openly and honestly.
Recognition of symptoms that may result from intense grieving
- Sleep patterns
- Energy levels
- Eating habits
- Behavioral patterns
- Support and assistance in reentering the social world
- Bereaved people need to be able to trust and depend on others to help them cope with the new social situations.
Assistance in resolving legal matters and business affairs – offer assistance resolving legal & financial concerns if you have the ability to do so. The opportunity to share their experience of loss – Be an active, patient, open-minded listener.