“always on the end of the phone to ease whatever worry we might have had”
How You Can Help
Make a special effort to keep in touch after the funeral
It may be tempting to keep away, especially as you probably do not know what to say, but visits and telephone calls are essential.
Be a good listener
Avoid making assumptions about how your friend will feel
Remember the importance of touch
Offer practical help
Refer to the professionals if necessary
Allow plenty of time
Grieving is a process which changes over the weeks, months and years, but your support will still be valuable. Anniversaries such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries and the anniversary of the death may be particularly difficult for the bereaved person – it will help if you are aware of them.
For more detailed information on bereavement go to our bereavement page