Many people will say they avoid bringing up the deceased because they are afraid of upsetting the person grieving. This is the furthest thing from the truth! The person grieving is already upset because their loved one is dead. It can actually bring much comfort to talk about their loved one. It can bring back memories and help them feel more connected to the deceased and to the person sharing the moment with them. The biggest reason people don’t mention the name of the deceased is because it makes them feel uncomfortable. Work through that discomfort so that you can be a better support person for your friend, relative, and/or loved one. Do not be afraid to say their name!
Please remember this is one suggestion for how to help support those in grief. Please feel free to review more of our tips here. And, please always remember, you don’t have to journey alone…even as a supporter!