Today’s Ten on Tuesday Topic~
Ten Things You Can Do To Be Supportive When Someone Dies
Linking up over at Carole Knits…
I feel very inadequate when it comes to offering comfort or doing things for others during a time of loss. Different things speak to different people, so unless I am very personally close to them, I feel very unsure of how to reach out.
Not necessarily a light-hearted, easy subject, but one that affects us all and is a part of life until Jesus returns and conquers Satan, sin and death!!
Here are a few kind gestures that come to my mind as a way to express sympathy and kindness and caring.
1. Send a kind note or card.
2. Sometimes you don’t need to say much. Just show you care.
3. Food. It is always a help. I know when my grandparents died, the meals that were fixed and provided or the food that was delivered to my parent’s house was definitely a blessing and help.
4. Ask what they need.
5. Bake a cake and deliver to their door.
6. Give the gift of an encouraging book.
7. Share a memory with them that you have of their loved one. My mother had a baby who was stillborn. She said it meant a lot to her to have people acknowledge him and remember and recognize he was her baby, even though he only lived in the womb. She said she knows it was hard for other people too, because there weren’t really memories of his life.
8. Pray for them.
9. Give a hug.
10. Honestly, I’m just drawing a blank. Food is what I keep landing back on. Maybe, because it is such a major part of life, too. I just remember it was so nice to sit down to good meals that we hadn’t needed to think about preparing.
Once again, I feel very inadequate in this area. However, just knowing that other people care is a comfort and the offering of their time and efforts is appreciated.