HIV POSITIVE  Caretakers
Coping With A Loss

How to Help Someone Else Cope

If you are trying to help someone else cope with a loss, these insights from people who are grieving may be of assistance.

  • Acknowledge the death -- express your sadness, your concern, your desire to help. Don't say "I know how you feel" if you don't.

  • Offer to do something practical to help -- or just do it.

  • Simply be there. Be available.

  • Stay in touch after the funeral. Often friends stop calling after the first week.

  • Talk about the death and talk about the person who died, and share your memories.

  • Encourage the person to express feelings, to cry, and to feel okay about his or her feelings.

  • Make contact on important dates, anniversaries, and holidays; let them know you're thinking of them.

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