After a significant loss, those we love are often not the same as they once were. Expecting them to be the same person is impractical and can be hurtful to all involved. Grief takes a tremendous toll and requires adjustment from everyone. Your friend or loved one still will have many of the same, good qualities you loved and knew. However, those qualities may not show like they once did because this person is doing all they can to get through each day. So, if they used to be were talkative, do not expect them to be so now. If they were usually very punctual, realize that showing up on time may be harder for them now. And, finally, letting them know you do not expect them to be any particular way and that you accept wherever they are in grief can extremely relieving to hear. So, please tell them.
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, always remember, you don’t have to journey alone…even as a supporter!