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

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Don’t try to relate

Do not attempt to relate. It’s very common, when someone is going through something, to try to think of something similar you went through. You can feel that telling them this will make them feel less alone. But it doesn’t – it makes them feel that you are belittling their situation. Unless you have been through actually the exact thing they are going through (loss of a spouse, loss of a sibling…) you do not know how they feel. And suggesting you do can offend them. Acknowledge that what they are going through is awful, and that you don’t understand it, but that you are there for them.

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