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How to Talk to Someone Who Is Grieving

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If your loved one has experienced a loss, she’s likely in one of the many stages of grief. The problem can come in when you try to talk to her and you find you don’t know what to say or do to make Senior-Care in-Coconut-Creek/Parkland-FL
things easier for her. The trick is to keep it simple and honest.

Don’t Avoid the Situation

Often people think that if they don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving, then it’s best to just avoid the topic altogether. Unfortunately, that makes the person feel as though you don’t care what’s going on with them and in their life. Acknowledge that you know something happened and ask how your loved one feels. Grief causes your loved one to feel a variety of different emotions, sometimes even during the course of the same day.

Share Your Sympathy

Even if you don’t know what else to say, it’s okay to tell your loved one simply that you’re sorry about the situation. That can be enough, especially since you both know that you can’t make the situation any different or change what happened. Your loved one often just needs to know that you understand that she’s grieving and sharing your sympathy is a straightforward way to do that.

Be Genuine

You may not have even known the person that your loved one lost, but you can still be genuine about your sympathies toward her. What’s really important is how you react to your loved one. It’s also okay to say that you don’t know what to say. That’s an honest reaction and you’re not making something up just to sound as though you have something else to add.

Offer Support

Ask your loved one how you can make this time easier for her. This could be as simple as calling her more often because you live so far away or it can be more involved. If your loved one is feeling lonelier after her loss, consider hiring senior care providers who can spend a few hours offering companionship. Or maybe she needs actual help now, and her home care providers can pick up that slack for her. Regardless, ask her what she needs and then offer that help.

Dealing with grief is never easy, but you can help your loved one through the process.

Excerpt: It can be really difficult to know what to say to someone who is grieving. Here are some tips that can make it easier.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Coconut Creek/Parkland, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.


Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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