Today Is National Grief Awareness Day: Here Are A Few Useful Tips To Help Your Grieving Loved One

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Just be there. Even if you’re silent.

It’s okay to simply sit there in silence. Again, it can feel like you’re doing nothing, but you are. They know you are there. They may even take a nap or cry for long periods of time while you’re there. Your presence means something to them. Neither you nor they know if or when they might need to talk, or when they might just need help with something. By simply being there for hours or days, you are saying, “I’m being here in case you need something. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.” It’s hard for them to pick up the phone and call someone right now so if you’re already there, it’s easier for them to ask for help.

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