Wayne State College
Student Center, Rm. 103
1111 Main St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Counseling > Grief and Loss
to help a friend cope with loss
Grieving people may experience
similar feelings ::
to help a friend cope with loss :: Myths
about grief ::
from grief :: Help
is available ::
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
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