A loss cannot be repaired or solved but it can be fully acknowledged.Avoid saying anything that attempts to fix the unfixable.
There's no perfect way to respond or support someone you care about who's experienced a loss, but psychotherapist and bereavement expert Samantha Carbon says these are the starting points to consider.
When someone you love dies, the process of surviving them can be complex, along with the process of mourning them. Many people want to support a friend who experiences loss, but helping someone through grief is always difficult and so can be responding to people offering their condolences.
It’s hard to really know a person without seeing where they live, so if he’s giving you the stiff arm about a visit to his home, chances are something’s amiss.
It is common and natural to share a person’s connection to you when you introduce them, i.e. How does your guy handle last minute schedule changes? We’re not suggesting that you test him, but if a legitimate change is needed, consider how he would react.
As a supporter you can reduce the burden of day-to-day responsibilities such as offering to walk their dog, or getting their bits from the supermarket.