I wish, as I was growing up, I had learned these lessons about how to respond to those who are grieving:
- Acknowledge their loss.
- Listen to whatever it is that they want to say, even if it is hard to hear.
- Hug them – sometimes physical touch can speak volumes, and doesn’t require difficult words.
- Let them know you care.
- Don’t ever tell them to "cheer up," or "get over it," or say “at
It won’t help, and it denies them their grief.
- Don’t dismiss their feelings, especially not to make yourself feel more comfortable.