Friday, July 24, 2015

How to Express Sympathy

A grieving friend or family member may experience shock and sadness of loss when someone dies. Express your sympathy at a funeral by offering them much needed support.

Step 1: Offer your time
Offer your personal time to help with needs such as arranging transportation, cleaning a home, or helping watch children.

Step 2: Cook
Bring, buy, or prepare food. Often, after a death, time is taken up by grieving and funeral arrangements, and mourners won't have time to cook for themselves. Sometimes a meal can say what words cannot.

Step 3: Send flowers
Send flowers with a personalized message or donate to their recommended charity.

Step 4: Give them a hug
Offer a hug, or two.

Step 5: Listen
Listen to them and allow them to express their feelings.

Listen without offering any advice.

Step 6: Call
Call and express your sympathy or send a card and express it in writing.

Step 7: Be present
Be in their presence. Even if you do not talk, being physically present can be helpful.

Did You Know?
Neuroscientists have found that feelings of sympathy not only trigger brain activity in areas associated with emotion, but also in areas associated with performing an action.

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