Chapter 2: Common situations

Key ideas

  • Unfortunately, not all support when you are grieving is helpful. You might have heard some “clumsy condolences” from friends or family wanting to be helpful.
  • Try to think of a way that you can respond to “clumsy condolences” that will be productive.
  • It is okay if you need some distance from family members following a loss.
  • Depending on your personal situation, you may choose to re-connect with family and friends - or decide that your wisest course of action is to stay away.
  • Sorting through the belongings of someone you care about can be painful but is necessary.