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Recent Obituaries
Sarah Wale
d. 08/28/2015
Jean Derouin
d. 08/27/2015
Janice Feneran
d. 08/22/2015
Michael Flitcroft
d. 08/19/2015
Naomi Gushlaw
d. 08/17/2015
Timothy Warner
d. 08/16/2015
Douglas Kellar
d. 08/07/2015
Kenneth Jones
d. 08/10/2015
Tracey Smith
d. 08/05/2015
Daniel Fobert
d. 08/06/2015
Keith Johnson
d. 08/04/2015
Eugene Brown
d. 08/03/2015
Robert Kelley, Sr.
d. 08/01/2015

Expressions of Sympathy

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. You want to help, but you are not sure how to go about it. This article will guide you in ways to turn your cares and concerns into positive actions.

Listen with your heart.
Helping begins with your ability to be an active listener. Your physical presence and desire to listen without judging are critical helping tools. Don't worry so much about what you will say. Just concentrate on listening to the words that are being shared with you.

Your friend may relate the same story about the death over and over again. Listen attentively each time. Realize this repetition is part of your friend's healing process. Simply listen and understand.

Be compassionate.
Give your friend permission to express his or her feelings without fear of criticism. Learn from your friend; don't instruct or set expectations about how he or she should respond. Never say, "I know just how you feel." You don't. Think about your helper role as someone who "walks with," not "behind" or "in front of" the one who is mourning.

Allow your friend to experience all the hurt, sorrow and pain that he or she is feeling at the time. Enter into your friend's feelings, but never try to take them away. And recognize that tears are a natural and appropriate expression of the pain associated with the death.