When Someone is Dying

Full article at “A Place for Mom” What NOT to Say When Someone is Dying  –  Condolences: What to Say or Write When Someone Dies

When loss happens, it’s difficult to know what to say to the person who is grieving a loved one. Offering your support through being present for the bereaved person is the most important thing you can do, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Some helpful dos and don’ts:

Acknowledge their feelings without imposing your own beliefs or judgments.

Don’t feel obliged to offer advice or suggestions; quiet support is often all that’s needed. You might offer concrete help with chores such as cooking or childcare.

Understand that other cultures or religions have traditions surrounding death that may be different from your own, and respect the family’s unique perspective.

Check in on the bereaved person periodically by calling, visiting, or writing a note. If you offer your company, be accepting if they are not ready to engage yet.

Remember that holidays and birthdays can bring renewed feelings of grief, and be sensitive to whether the bereaved person prefers company or solitude in those instances.

via What NOT to Say When Someone is Dying.

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