The death of a close friend or family member is almost certainly the most difficult event a person will experience. Observing appropriate etiquette in terms of our words and actions is very important, although it can be hard for us to know exactly what to say and how to act when someone close to us has lost a loved one. This infographic will guide you how to act and inform you what is the etiquette for sympathizing with the bereaved.

Upon hearing of the death acknowledge it in whatever way feels most appropriate. A short phone call is preferable to taking no action at all to try and comfort the deceased person’s family. Next, offer to help in a practical manner, such as volunteering to cook meals for the family or helping to dig the grave.

Furthermore, it is crucial to know what to say and not to say. You should listen to those who are grieving and respond accordingly as well as speak genuinely and selflessly. On the other hand, do not try to trivialize the death and do not put a time frame on a bereaved person’s grief.



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