Counseling Center                                                                                                                                                    << Counseling Home

Counseling Links

>Academic Advising

>Alcohol & Other Drug
   (AOD) Information

>Career Planning

>Disability Services

>Events

>Mission

>Parent Information

>Personal Counseling
>Related Services
>Staff

>Testing

 

Contact Info

Wayne State College
Counseling Center
Student Center, Rm. 103
1111 Main St.
Wayne, NE 68787

Phone: 402.375.7321
Fax: 402.375.7058

 

 

Personal Counseling > Grief and Loss > How to help a friend cope with loss

 

:: Grieving people may experience similar feelings ::
:: How to help a friend cope with loss :: Myths about grief ::
::  Recovering from grief :: Help is available ::

  • Listen.

  • Be willing just to be with the person without doing anything specific. Don't be afraid of silence.

  • Permit the grieving person to express feelings honestly and openly - encourage reminiscence.

  • Don't be afraid of embarrassing yourself by saying or doing the wrong thing.

  • Respect the desire for privacy by allowing the person time alone, but let him/her know you'll be there if needed or wanted.

  • Be attentive to the individual's needs. Offer help with day-to-day practical matters.

  • Invite the person to do things with you.

  • Don't be afraid to reach out a hand or touch the person whenever and wherever seems appropriate. A tender touch or a smile can communicate caring in ways that words cannot express.

  • Do something special to clearly convey you care such as writing some kind words, calling on the telephone or giving a small gift to help to uplift spirits.

  • Suggest reading materials or support groups to possibly help the person better understand and cope with the loss.

 

_________________________
Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor

 

 

 

Quick Links

SITE MAP

> Int'l Education
>
Prof. Staff Senate
>
SAVE Program
> TRUST Coalition
> "Wildcat Wheels"
> Student Food Pantry
> Student Health 101
> BIT (Behavioral
    Intervention Team)

> visit eCampus

 

Wayne State College
Our focus is your future
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Watch us on Youtube
Linked IN
Instagram
Flickr