It can be hard enough keeping track of important dates like Tax Day, Thanksgiving, Mother’s/Father’s Day, birthdays…And, yet, for those grieving, certain dates will never be forgotten like their deceased loved one’s birthday, anniversary of their death, milestones in their life, their funeral, etc. To be a good supporter, it helps to know when those days are. Even if you might not know when their mother was born, you can expect that Mother’s Day will be tough for them. A card or a text can make a difference. It is hard to predict how these days will be from one year to the next, so allowing them space and options to spend it is always helpful. They might want to celebrate, or not; commemorate, or not; hide all day in bed, or not. However they decide to deal with the day, having someone say they are thinking about the person grieving helps. Often, others in grief feel that the rest of the world has gone on with living their lives and that they have not. Reaching out shows them that you do remember they are in grief and that they are possibly having a really hard time. If it means putting reminders in your own calendar or phone, then do it. If it means writing the information down so you won’t forget, do it. They could use your support especially now.
Please remember this is one suggestion for how to help support those in grief. Please feel free to review more of our tips here in our Blog section. And, always remember, you don’t have to journey alone…even as a supporter!