Ways to Help a Grieving Friend

By: Powers Funeral Home
Monday, May 16, 2022

If your friend is having to make arrangements with funeral homes in Ridgeway, SC. for their loved one’s services, they are going through a very difficult time. As their friend, you want to help them, but you may not be sure what they need the most. Of course, the best thing you can always do is to just be there to love, support, and listen to them. However, there are other ways that you can show your support.

Create a Care Package

Creating a care package is a wonderful and welcomed gift for a grieving friend. Your friend will be going though a lot and probably be putting their own self-care on the back burner during this time. Sending them a care package of useful items will not only show your support but give them a gift they can actually use. 

Things to consider adding are: 

Food and snacks - Many times when we are grieving, we may not feel like cooking or even eating at all. Adding in quick and easy snacks and meals is a great way to encourage your friend to keep nourished. Include things like granola bars, nuts, protein bars, and easy microwavable soups and meals.

Comfort Items - Help your friend feel cozy and comforted by adding in items like fuzzy socks, a weighted blanket, scented candles, bubble bath or bath bombs; anything to help them relax and feel less stressed.

Helpful Items - When your friend is mourning, they will be working out how to process everything that has happened. By adding in things like a pretty journal, paints and canvases, or even a book to read about grieving can help them work through their grief in a health way.

Necessities – Things you may not think about adding but can be the most appreciated are the simple things like toothpaste, body soap, toilet paper, and other necessities. While these aren’t the most exciting items, many times these are the items that are most needed. These are the things that we tend to run out of quickly and if your friend is mourning, they may not want to run out to the store to pick more up. Having these things on hand will be appreciated.

Offer Your Services

Most likely, there will be a ton of things your friend is going to have to deal with. From planning funeral arrangements to dealing with bills and other loose ends, your friend will have a full plate. Help them out by offering any services you can. 

Some ides of how you can help are: 

  • Take/pick up their kids from school 
  • Clean their house 
  • Mow their yard or complete other yardwork 
  • Run errands for them one day a week 
  • Babysit their kids  
  • Cook them dinner 
  • Do their laundry 

Ask your friend what they need and let them know you are willing and able to help them. Even the mundane tasks still need to get done and having you to help can be a lifesaver for their mental health at this time.  

When your friend is having to make arrangements with funeral homes in Ridgeway, SC., let them know they are not alone. Even if you are unable to help with errands or cooking, let them know you are always available for them to talk to anytime.

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