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

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Don’t feel like you have to provide consolations

If you find yourself wanting to start a sentence with, “If it’s any consolation…” just stop. Nothing is of consolation right now. When someone loses a loved one, the only consolation would be getting them back. Trying to provide “bright sides” or “silver linings” can also be insulting. It’s okay to acknowledge that this is just terribly sad, and that there is no bright side. In fact, showing that you understand just how terrible this is might be the only thing that makes your friend feel less alone right now. Offering “consolations” can make them feel like you just don’t get it.

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