Grief is such a terrible thing. It is something that you never grow accustomed to. It can happen with the loss of a loved one, a friend, a pet, a home, a job and many other different forms. Truth is we all grieve over something at one point and time in our lives. Grief takes a toll on our bodies and wears us out both mentally and physically. Nothing anyone says or does can make us feel better but these are the times that we need someone to be there for us the most. Here is what you can do to help someone who is grieving.
1) Pray for them! - Praying for someone is the single most important thing that you can do for anyone. Lift their name up to God and let him take control of their burdens. Prayer changes things!
2) Be there for them! - Even if you don't have the right words to say, your presence alone lets them realize you care for them.
3) Social Media- Most people nowadays have some form of social media that they interact with. Send the person grieving a message and let them know that they are in your thoughts and prayers. Even if they don't have the chance to reply back, they will at least know that you reached out to them.
4) Send a Card- Everyone loves to receive mail, especially cards. Send them an uplifting card that will brighten their day.
5) Dessert- Most everyone loves dessert. Make or buy the grieving person a dessert and deliver it to them. Dessert is almost always guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face.
6) Give them a meal- A grieving person doesn't eat well and most definitely doesn't feel like cooking. Make them soup or a meal and take it to them. They need food to keep their strength up.
7) Blanket and Coffee-Take them a cozy soft blanket, some coffee, tea or hot chocolate. This will make them feel safe, secure and warm.
8) Books - Take them books or magazines. This gives them something to occupy their time and get their grief off of their mind for a second.
9) Lend a helping hand- Once again, a grieving person doesn't feel like doing much of anything. Offer to help take out the trash or do some chores for them that might have been neglected.
10) Honor- Help honor a loved one or whatever it is that they are grieving over. Get out pictures and reflect on happier times. You can also help honor a loved one by setting up a memorial or scholarship fund or donating to charity.
11) Listen and be there- Sometimes a person just needs to vent. Lend an ear and a shoulder to cry on. Talking about problems have proven to be successful in helping to deal with grief.
Nowadays, it seems like no one is really there for anyone. Life is so hectic and just seems to get in the way. Please make time to help a grieving person get through a trying time. In times like these is when we need a friend the most. Be that friend. Help someone today! Be the change you want to see!