How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

by Megan Devine 

Licensed clinical counselor, writer and grief advocate (as published in Huffington Post, 11/25/13)

I’ve been a therapist for more than 10 years. I worked in social services for the decade before that. I knew grief. I knew how to handle it in myself, and how to attend to it in others. When my partner drowned on a sunny day in 2009, I learned there was a lot more to grief than I’d known.

Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do the wrong thing, they choose to do nothing at all. Doing nothing at all is certainly an option, but it’s not often a good one. Read More »