One of the toughest things about grief is sometimes feeling that you’re completely alone. Those who haven’t experienced loss sometimes don’t have a clue how to act, or how to help. I discovered 12 Simple Ways to Support a Grieving Friend this Holiday Season today, and I think it’s a great resource – except that I think the tips are relevant every day of the year. Tip #3 was especially relevant for me – I’ve been surprised, and so have those around me, how quickly something can trigger a grieving moment and completely change my mood. Seeing someone shuffling along with the classic Parkinson’s gait can sadden me instantaneously, because it reminds me of my dad.
If you are grieving, share the tips with the people around you. If you love someone who is grieving, take these pointers to heart.