Certification in Grief Counseling: What to Say, What to Do? Helping Those in Grief Can Be Confusing
Good intentions aside, saying the right thing is important for the bereaved. What to say, what to do are all questions in helping those in grief. However, there is no true right lane because all people are different and respond differently.
The Republic’s article, “Kindness in Action: When Someone is Grieving, Proactive Measures Can Offer Greatest Help” by Heidi Stevens looks at some of these questions.
When Stephanie Whitson’s husband succumbed to cancer in 2001, just a few years after she lost both of her parents and her best friend, she found herself on the other side of grief.
“I entered the world of the bereaved, and all the well-meaning but clueless things I had said and done in the past came back to haunt me,” she writes in her book, “How to Help a Grieving Friend: A Candid Guide for Those Who Care” (Greenbrier Book Co.).
Staying away, pointing out the silver lining, offering the banal “If there’s anything I can do …” We all know someone who’s lost a job, lost a home, lost a loved one. We’ve all uttered the “If there’s anything …” phrase. We’ve all meant well. We can all do better.
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Helping those in grief is important and we all should strive to do what is best for the person but each situation requires thought and courtesy to the particular individual in regards to what they need in their particular case.
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Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C