After someone dies and loved ones hear the news, they generally want to do something to help. However, there are many barriers to providing what is needed. One main barrier is not knowing what to do. A way to help remove that barrier is by offering to organize the effort. If it is a coworker, maybe you could buy a card and have everyone sign it. Perhaps you could coordinate different people to visit the bereaved in the days, weeks and months following. Setting up meals to be delivered at staggered intervals can be helpful as well. Even if organizing is not your thing, chances are there may be someone you know who is connected to the death who is. Enlist their help. And, if possible, check in with the bereaved and those closest to them if you are wondering what could be the most helpful. That way, you do not duplicate efforts. By organizing the support, it can reduce some of the chaos and offer relief to the grieving and those wishing to help.
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!