How to Talk to Someone Who is Grieving

What grief is like

Moving from sympathy to empathy with active listening

Mirror

Label their pain, don’t feel it

What to say to someone grieving

  • I’m here for you.
  • I’m thinking of you
  • Do you want to talk about it?
  • Is there anything that you need?
  • Is there anything I can do for you?
  • When you’re ready to talk, I’m here.
  • It’s okay to feel whatever you need to feel.
  • Take all the time you need for yourself.
  • Say nothing at all, listen & hold space.
  • Do you want to talk about it or do you want to be distracted from it?
  • I’m sorry things are so tough right now
  • I’m not sure how to be here for you right now. Please let me know how you’d like me to support you.

What not to say to someone grieving

What to do for someone grieving

Listen

Hold Space

Meet for tea or a walk

Help with chores

Give a journal

Be ready with resources

Continue to check in

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Eterneva is a consumer technology company and grief wellness brand that celebrates lives by making diamonds from ashes or hair. https://eterneva.com/about

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