Healing a Friend's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

By Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

A compassionate source for associates, mom and dad, family, academics, volunteers, and caregivers, this sequence deals feedback to assist the grieving take care of the lack of a friend. frequently humans have no idea what to say—or what not to say—to an individual they be aware of who's mourning; this sequence teaches that an important factor someone can do is pay attention, have compassion, be there for aid, and do anything important. This quantity offers the basic rules of being a real better half, from committing to touch the pal usually to being aware of the anniversary of the death. Included in every one e-book are proven, delicate principles for “carpe diem” activities that individuals can take correct this minute—while nonetheless final supportive and honoring the mourner’s loss.

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This idea is especially appropriate if you, too, knew and cared about the person who died. 44. PLAN A WEEkLy WALk TOGETHEr. • Exercise can be sustaining and invigorating for mourners. • Walk every week at the same time; routines help mourners survive. • Your walks might be a good time to talk about his grief or a time of supportive quiet. • Other options: biking, swimming, gardening, health club visits— anything that gets you both moving. You know your friend; select options she’d like. CArPE dIEm: Invite your friend to accompany you on a mid-day walk— outside if the weather permits or indoors at your local mall.

One of this author’s favorites is Living with Loss, a quarterly magazine filled with personal stories of loss and healing, grief education, poetry, etc. S. costs $32 and can be ordered through the Center for Loss and Life Transition, (970) 226-6050. • Instead of a grief magazine, consider giving your friend a gift subscription to a magazine you know he’d like, perhaps one on gardening or travel. CArPE dIEm: Call the number above and enter a gift subscription for your friend. 52. ” • Sometimes heightened periods of sadness will overwhelm your friend.

A specially planted and located tree honors the person who died and serves as a perennial memorial. Ask your friend where and when she might like a tree planted. • You might write a short ceremony for the tree planting. Consider a personalized metal marker or sign, too. • For a more private option, give a tree as a gift for your friend’s own yard. Consult your local nursery for an appropriate selection, have it delivered and include a note about the tree’s meaning. CArPE dIEm: Order a tree for your own yard and plant it in honor of the person who died.

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