10 Ways you can help a bereaved family

While no one can erase the pain and sadness of loss, the knowledge that others care can offer comfort and contribute to healing.

sorrowful man touching head in dismay near supporting wife

You cannot “fix it,” but you can provide support in meaningful ways:

  1. Offer your presence and by offering to be there
  2. Listen with empathy and accept strong emotions without judgment
  3. Be patient and allow for moments of silence
  4. Don’t be afraid to show genuine care and concern
  5. By offering practical support and links to resources
  6. Refrain from claiming to understand unless you genuinely do
  7. Avoid using cliches or platitudes
  8. Don’t take any expressions of anger personally
  9. Empower individuals to make their own choices and help them find resources and support
  10. Remember to prioritise self-care and recognise your own limitations. Consider continuing your professional development by attending a CuddleCot baby loss bereavement care study day, or signing up to our FREE eLearning modules at: cuddlecot.com/training

Never underestimate the impact of simple acts of kindness and compassion.

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