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How to help someone who's grieving

How to help someone who's grieving

If you know of someone who may be experiencing grief through loss, there are many ways you can help.

If you are not sure whether they are displaying signs of grief, you can view the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)'s fact sheet on grief here, or visit the ACGB website for further resources.

Helping with the free My Grief App

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) has launched the world’s first online resource, specifically designed to support people during grief. The MyGrief app provides helpful information, tools and resources and also provides practical strategies for families and friends on how to provide the right support. Find out more here.

Helping with the free My Grief App

Every person grieves differently

The important thing to remember is that grief is a highly individual and personal experience. Everyone grieves in their own way and there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ways to grieve. There is also no ‘timeline’ to grief.

We do not always know how people are grieving simply by what we see. Some people are open and expressive with their grief, crying, and wanting to talk, whilst others are more private, may be reluctant to talk and prefer to keep busy. Other factors, such as culture, gender and belief systems can also influence the ways people grieve. It’s important to respect each other’s way of grieving, even if we don’t necessarily understand it.

You can always help by being there for the person who is grieving. They may just need your company for comfort or to be able to share their thoughts, feelings and stories with you.

If you feel they are struggling, you may suggest they seek help from a counsellor or other health professional.

Please contact us at the Centre for Care & Wellbeing (CCW) and we can assist you in finding a relevant support service.

We warmly invite you explore our range of support services here.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are on hand to help.