For Family & Friends

If You Are Supporting Someone in Grief

Grief is a unique journey, and no grief experience is identical. It can be painful, confusing, and can have its own timetable. As a friend, colleague, or loved one, you can play an important role in providing support to someone in grief.

If you are supporting an adult who has lost a loved one, it can be helpful to:

  • Learn about grief, so that you can provide important information and feedback
  • Listen without judgment
  • Suggest services and resources that might help them process their thoughts and feelings
  • Understand if your offer of help is not accepted
  • Recognize the normal symptoms of grief, and look for signs that they need additional help
  • Respect that each grief journey is unique, and each individual will express their grief differently


Learn more about grief.

Online Resources

Here are several items to help you support someone in grief.

Resources for Family and Friends

Do’s & Don’t for Supporters

Here are some tips on how to support someone in grief, and what to avoid.

Color & Cut Empathy Postcard

Make a beautiful card for someone who is grieving - simply download, print, color and fold this template.

Digital Support Kit

This kit provides steps, tools, and recommendations for supporting someone in grief from afar.

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