How To Comfort Your Families During the HolidaysNovember 22nd, 2011
The holidays are always a tough time for families grieving the loss of a loved one. And although it’s never easy to know the right things to say or do, it’s important to remember that, while you can’t take away the pain of the loss, you can provide your families with much-needed comfort and support.
Here are 3 ways to share empathy with your families:
Offer words of encouragement: First of all, it’s important your families understand that it’s ok to grieve. Grief is a natural response to loss, and everyone grieves in different ways, for different lengths of time. Although it’s never easy to know what to say to someone coping with the loss of a loved one, the first step is letting your families know you’re there for them and you care. Send them a greeting card or personal email wishing them a happy holiday. Along with offering your families words of encouragement, provide them access to a library of grief and healing articles and allow them the ability to sign up for daily affirmation emails.
Send sympathy gifts and flowers: Grief can intensify during the holidays. Let your families know you’re thinking of them and haven’t forgotten their loss by sending a special remembrance. It might sound cliché, but 80% of therapists agree that sympathy gifts and flowers are an effective aid in the grieving process. Whether you choose to send a gift basket, memorial gift, grief book or flowers, we guarantee your kindness and consideration will provide your families comfort and assist them in the healing process.
Provide ongoing support: Your relationship with your families doesn’t have to end with the funeral service. And since you can be sure that they’ll be grieving long after the fact, why not provide them with ongoing support? By incorporating interactive grief videos into your website, you give your families the ability to learn more about their grief and how to cope with it from the privacy of their own home. The holidays are also a good time to encourage your families to take advantage of some of the grief and healing resources available to them, such as grief counseling and local support groups.
What are some other ways you try to comfort your families during the holidays? Leave your comments below!