Saturday, August 17, 2013

Helping a friend through a time of grief means respecting her loss and having staying power, that is, not running away from her grief, listening quietly, offering assistance for more mundane things, letting her weep [because that is cathartic]. I also like to offer some of my art, something painted in soft, gentle colours, and a token into which I've woven loving thoughts and a prayer or two for healing.

We don't have to take on the grief, we just have to be present and be gentle and kind. I know. I've been there.

Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown


  1. You are kind Colette, and strong to take care of someone in grief, to listen to them and let them weep.

  2. Very wise words Colette. I lost my husband in November; and people leave me alone because they don't know what to say or do. Anything is better than be isolated during a very difficult time.


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