How To Respond To Someone Else's Grief

Watching someone else grieve is a difficult situation to be in. Of course, it's not as difficult as being the "someone else"... But it's still hard. Nothing seems correct or appropriate and you just want to make everything better but you can't. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do anything. There's a few things you can do to show your support: (Try To) Be Helpful


See if there's anything you can do to take things off their plate. You can send food their way, pick up the kids from school, fold the laundry, etc. If they say nothing? That's okay too. Grief usually creates more answers than questions.

Check In

Grief lasts a long time. It doesn't end after the funeral or Facebook posts. As time goes on, make sure to keep checking in on them. Maybe they're okay but maybe they're not. Either way, they'll appreciate you thinking of them.

Don't Have Any Expectations

Like we said above, grief lasts a long time and comes in a lot of different forms. What worked for you might now work for them. That's okay. Don't become impatient and don't lose hope--they're you're friend and you're here to support them.