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5 compassionate ways to support somebody who is grieving

5 compassionate ways to support somebody who is grieving

The grieving process is a dark and difficult time, and everybody handles it differently. If somebody you care about is grieving, you’ll most likely want to support them in any way that you can. Here are five compassionate ways you can do so:


The act of listening is simple but extremely powerful. When grieving, people may like to talk about memories, explain how they’re feeling, or let their emotions flow through their words. Allowing them to speak while you listen can really help, and ensure they aren’t keeping their thoughts and feelings inside. Sometimes, your silence as you listen can be more comforting than words to the person who’s grieving.

Run errands

Those in grief may be drained, and have little energy or motivation to run day-to-day errands. Taking care of shopping, cooking, school runs, laundry, cleaning, or whatever else is needed, will be an immense relief. It also means they will still be eating, wearing clean clothes and living in a tidy home, which is vital to helping them carry on as easily as possible.

Manage phone calls

While receiving phone calls from well-wishers can be comforting, it can also become draining. Picking up the phone and passing on the messages can make things more manageable. You can also offer to make phone calls, informing companies and services of the deceased.

Ask what they need

It’s not always obvious what a person needs, so it’s fine to simply ask. They might not speak up unprompted, but by asking they will feel more comfortable to explain what they need. And even if there’s nothing they want you to do, the act of being asked will give them the comfort of knowing you are on hand to help if they need you.

Help with funeral arrangements

Planning a funeral can be tiring and tough, but it’s an important step to take for those grieving. The funeral helps with acceptance and closure. You can help by contacting funeral homes and cremation services, arranging a venue, ordering flowers and contacting people who would like to attend.

If you’re looking for Funeral Directors Manchester-based, contact Far and Beyond Funerals, where our team are here to support you.