Things You Can Do To Help a Grieving Family Member

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.


Death is a natural part of life. Knowing this fact doesn’t make the trauma of losing a loved one any easier. Losing someone you are close to can lead to long-term grief. 

If you have a family member who has lost someone that was dear to them, it is your job to comfort them in their time of need. Below are some things you can do to help a grieving family member.

Be Practical with the Support You Offer

The process of grieving can be long and painful. When a person is grieving the loss of a family member, they will have a hard time caring about minute details of day-to-day life. If your main goal is to help your grieving family member, you need to think about how to make their life easier during the grieving process. Some examples of practical support you can offer a grieving family member are things like:

By offering this assistance, you can help your grieving family member avoid getting overwhelmed.

Provide Them with a Break from Their Grief

End-of-life care is a process that usually takes place in the home. If the house your family member lives in is where this end-of-life care took place, you need to try to get them away for a while. Even a few hours outside of the house can help your family member focus on something else besides their grief. 

Before planning a day out with your grieving family member, think about what activities they enjoy. Going out for a nice lunch or a short road trip is a great way to help your beloved family member focus on something other than their grief.

It’s Time to Take Action

The last thing you want is for a grieving family member to feel hopeless and depressed. By taking action and following the advice in this article, you can help them overcome their grief.

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