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The death of a parent is a traumatic experience and unless you’ve lived through it yourself, it can be difficult to figure out the best ways to be there for a friend during her time of grief. Hands down, the most important thing is that you’re there and that she feels your presence. Here are 10 ways to support your friend after she’s suffered the loss of a parent.

Don’t compare her loss to the time you lost a relative

Unless said relative was a parent or a parental figure. Losing a parent is one of those things that you’ll never understand until you’ve lived it. Although you may just be trying to connect with your friend, don’t insult her by telling her that you know what she’s going through because you don’t.

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