Coping With Grief
At some point, we each experience loss ourselves or are close to someone who is. Grief is not only caused by the death of a loved one, but can also be experienced through events such as retrenchment, separation or divorce, sudden or increasing disability, loss of a pet, or separation from home, family members or friends.
Often we do not know what to say to the grieving person and this can cause us to shy away from saying or doing anything. When people are helpful and supportive, they enhance the healing process which brings purpose and pleasure back into life.
They may get upset when talking of their loss, but it is important to know that it is not you that is upsetting them—it is the loss that is upsetting.