Supporting a bereaved person

Our Counsellor, Paula Dalton, explains what we can do to support a bereaved person during lockdown.
Supporting a bereaved person

If you know someone who is experiencing a bereavement, it is quite common to feel like we don’t know what to say at this sad time.

We may feel helpless, incompetent and sometimes awkward and we don’t want to make the situation worse.

Reaching out and connecting with them is crucial, using technology so they can perhaps see your face could help break the isolation.

Know that you can’t make the person sadder by talking about the person they have lost. Having loving conversations about the person that has died, mentioning their name and your memories of them will be helpful.

Encourage other forms of help if you think they may be struggling such as therapy or maybe a good book. If the person you want to help has different beliefs to you around death and dying, don’t judge them for it. They may take comfort in having an opposing view to you and it will help them if you can be sensitive to this.

Let them know about the support we offer, so they know how to access our support if they choose to.

Our number is 0113 511 8111 or email

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