Be Specific in Your Offers to Help Grieving Friends

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, Comfort, Grieving, Loss, Ministry

Following one of my wife, Ruth’s, surgeries, the doctor told us that to heal physically it requires over 800 calories a day.  The process of grieving deeply can be just as draining.

Mourning the loss of a close loved one or friend often is very exhausting.  You can be a great help to those you are assisting by reminding them of that and offering suggestions to them on either getting extra rest or coming along side to do things physically for them.

This also applies to one’s ability to make decisions.  I have heard many of the bereaved say they found simple decision making to be very laborious.

Keeping this in mind can increase your ability to help your grieving friends.  That is why specific offers to help are much more effect than the common, “Let me know if there is anything I can do.”  Deciding how someone can help them may be too much to deal with.

 

Increasing in Understanding;

David Knapp

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