If you are the friend of grieving person, perhaps this list will inspire you to reach out and offer specific help.
- Seek out a Grief Ally – someone who has had a similar loss or someone who is simply willing to share their journey so you don’t feel as alone.
- Give Yourself Something To Look Forward To – a special trip, lunch with a friend, a weekly hike or exercise class, a movie.
- Keep A Dream List of Things You Still Wish To Do – It can be hard to still imagine life without the one you love. However, keeping a list of dreams, desires and hopes you still have can be a simple step toward a future that includes renewal and re-imagining.
- Create A Memorial Garden – A memorial garden is a beautiful way to honor a loved one. They don’t have to be elaborate or require a lot of maintenance. Nor are there any rules. Make it quiet and contemplative or full of color and whimsy.
- Friends Can Ease Grieving – Allow yourself the company of friend who will listen and sit with you. Either in person, by phone, or on Skype. Doing this daily in the early months is vital.
- Create A Memory Book – Collecting photos and writing down memories can help a grieving person feel connected to the memory of their loved one. If children are in the home, it can be a great way for them to express their grief and memorialize their relationship with the deceased.
- Behold Nature – Taking a simple walk outside can center us and connect us with the bigger life forces around us. Consider doing this once a day or a few times a week. Listen to the sounds of the natural world and let them comfort you.
- Do An Activity That Honors Your Loved One – I cook for sure, but I have also donated to causes my husband was passionate about. I take time to read the poems he loved to our daughter. I have traveled to places he found beautiful. Each time I do one of these, I feel his love comforting me in my loss.