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28 Ways to Help Your Grieving Friend

Published: June 20, 2022

Are you looking for a way to help support a grieving friend but want to do something other than send flowers? Directors of funeral homes in White Oak, TX want you to know there are a ton of other ways to help your friend at this difficult time. From cleaning their house to offering to cook them dinner, we have put together a list of 28 things-both big and small- you can do.

Daily Cores

When your friend is grieving, there may be many daily chores they simply lack the motivation to complete. You can help them by doing things like:

1. Wash and put away laundry

2. Dust and vacuum the home

3. Do the dishes

4. Water the plants

5. Organize the mail

6. Take the trash out

7. Organize and straighten up a room or rooms in the house

More Help Around the House

Other than daily chores, there may be other things you can do around the house that can help enhance their environment and make it a nicer place to be. Things like:

8. Mow the yard

9. Paint a room

10. Pull weeds

11. Fix any leaks or other maintenance issues

12. Plant flowers

13. Hang a bird feeder

Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance and upkeep are crucial to ensuring the vehicle stays in good condition. Just as with other chores, if your friend’s vehicle needs any servicing, they may lack the desire or motivation to get it done. Help them out by:

14. Ensuring the vehicle has a full tank of gas

15. Get any oil changes or other service issues completed

16. Wash the car (or take it and have it professionally cleaned)

17. Make sure registration stickers are current

Mental Wellness

Caring for your friend’s mental wellness during this time can go a long way in helping them get through this grief in a healthy way. Things to help with this could be:

18. Invite them to coffee and talk

19. Invite them to a yoga class

20. Ask them to join you for a meditation class

21. Help them start a gratitude list

22. Encourage them to journal

Physical Wellness

Keeping your friend healthy physically during this time is also very important. With a healthy body and mind, they will be better able to think clearly and process their feelings more easily. Things you can do to help them are:

23. Invite them to a park for a game of frisbee

24. Cook them dinner

25. Invite them for a walk or hike

26. Do an online workout with them at their home

27. Invite them out to lunch

28. Drop off cooked meals they can reheat

Final Thoughts

You can see that there are many ways to help your friend at this difficult stage of their life. While your actions won’t take away their pain or grief, they will remind them that they are not alone, and that help and support are close by.

If you need more ideas or would like grief resources to share with your friend, funeral homes in White Oak, TX is a great source. Feel free to reach out to us anytime as we are happy to offer links and information for support groups, counselors, and more.

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