What To Say To Someone Who Is Grieving

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How many times have we NOT made that call to someone we know who is grieving the loss of a loved one?  We don’t know what to say.  We know their pain is so deep.  We have all been through loss in our lives.  What could we ever say that might help?

All it really takes is a hello.  We can let them know we are there for them.  We can tell them that we don’t know what to do or say, but we are there.  One call can make a big difference for someone who is grieving.  Just say hello.  Just be there.  It is really more than enough.


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    • Thank you so much! I think we sometimes can try too hard to make it too complicated and just get overwhelmed. Grief is intense. Just a simple Hello can make such a difference.


  1. (This is from a dear friend @AvrilGuthrieUK on Twitter – She’s super amazing & is writing a book right now! I love her wisdom on this subject. Thanks Avril!!)

    Hello my friend!

    Just a few thoughts from my experience

    First of all it is important to not avoid the grieving person. I found it ever so hurtful when I know a friend noticed me in the street or in a supermarket, and made a conscious effort to avoid me!

    We are always anxious about what to say, yet it is our actual presence that means more than words. The fact that we have taken the trouble to visit, the special warmth and deep meaning of those hugs. I just needed friends and family to be with me and to hold me tightly!

    Once we are with the grieving person, either personally or via the telephone, it is useful to let that person lead the conversation rather than becoming stressed about what to say. They will lead. It may end up with a discussion of the deceased. So be it. It may be about something totally different. That is also okay.There is no right and wrong really.

    I find I just remain in touch with my inner self, open to the Universe, and I am given the wisdom and strength to be there for my grieving friends.


  2. Great post…very good information! One thing I have found that is good in this kind of situation is to ask “Is there anything I can do for you?” Grieving people have a lot on their plates and an offer to help can help ease that feeling of being overwhelmed.

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    • Thanks Jeff, Yes – asking what you can do for them is a wonderful thing to do. Sometimes they just aren’t sure though. In grief, life can feel very confusing. Maybe we can find things to do for them – bring them a meal or take them someplace peaceful. Great idea!! I’ll definitely visit again very soon! Love your site! Dyan


      • No doubt, grief hangs like a cloud over people. Some handle it better than others, but all will experience anxiety and usually need a helping hand in some way.

        Thanks for your reply, Dyan! Appreciate your kind words for the site here. Take care.



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