Losing a loved one to the unexpected consequences of coronavirus is difficult, period. But even supporting such people can be difficult too.
As the pandemic rages, those grieving the loss of their loved ones may find themselves consumed by the grief, and hence, big or small, our support matters.
Of course, when someone close to us is at such a loss, it can be really difficult for us to handle the situation. We may want to do everything in our power to help them.
But, at the same time, we may also be clueless about what it is that you can do to help them Here are 5 ways you can help them sail through these times:
1. Encourage them to express
Studies have shown that by not acknowledging our emotions we actually make them stronger. Help them start talking /writing about their feelings. As those grieving have a tendency to deny real emotions, this will help to acknowledge the distress and will accelerate acceptance.
2. Offer support
Most people may have guilt feelings that they could have done extra to help the deceased or it’s their mistake. Tell them that they are normal human beings and they have done their best. Try to help them with their work and be kind to them as they are going through a difficult time.
3. Give them their space
Assure them that they can always count on you and you’ll be there whenever they need you. A person who has lost someone goes through various stages of painful emotions. Give them time to pass through these. Don’t be too interfering with questions like “Do you feel better now?”.
4. Look after their well-being
Ask them to exercise, sleep for 7-8 hours, have meals on time, spend quality time with family and friends, or pursue their hobbies. Don’t let them isolate themselves. If need be, encourage/refer them for seeking additional support from a professional
5. Stay agile about depression
Be aware of signs of depression if they’ve been feeling low for more than a month or two. Sleeping, eating or drinking, too much or too little, along with constantly feeling sad, maybe signs that they need help from mental health professionals. If need be, refer them to an expert.
Remember, most people try to cope with grief by building walls and not facing their demons and our little support can help them get through it. At times, you may find yourself out of words or emotionally drained and that’s okay. If you need a friend to talk to, we’re always here for you.
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