How to Help a Grieving Widow or Widower

Letting a widow or widower know you’re there for them can be enough to help them get through any difficult times. Arranging to meet or speak at a regular time each day, week or whenever, can help them keep a structure to their life, as well as giving them something to focus on.

Including them in invitations and gatherings, while not putting any pressure on them to actually attend, can act as a useful measure for how they’re feeling and whether they’re ready to move on and reconnect.

Also, offering support with any practicalities of their life may be welcomed, providing it’s done in a way that does not come across as interfering. Making yourself available in this way can give them the space to grieve without feeling weighed-down with any pressing tasks that could easily be carried out by someone else.

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