Chapter 2: Common situations

Managing unhelpful advice

The grief expert says
Fred Nelson, social worker, shares how one person approached unhelpful advice.(3:22)Video transcript
I've been there
Dianne identifies comments that are not helpful.(3:22)Video transcript

There is no perfect way to respond to “clumsy condolences” but some approaches may work better than others. Getting angry with someone, while natural and understandable, doesn’t usually produce great results. You can try saying nothing, but this can really wear you down after a while.