Each person’s grief is unique to each death. The reactions each person experiences, the way each one grieves, and the time each one needs are based on his/her individual situation. Therefore, here a few DON’Ts to keep in mind:

If these are things you SHOULD NOT do, what SHOULD you do to help? Here are some suggestions that will make a real difference to mourners:

Mourning is not a solitary activity; it requires social interaction and integration. Providing compassionate, caring support to mourners suffering from the death of a loved one is one of the most important acts of kindness we can give each other. The presence or absence of that support is a major determinant of how well the grieving person works through loss and puts his/her world back together.