Share the Gift of Memories
So often, we want to know what we can give as a gift to someone who is going through grief—something that we can do for them that would be really helpful. I’ve got a great idea.
I suggest that you go through your photo files and look to see if you have any pictures of the person who has died that their loved ones might not have. What happens over the course of grief is our memories of the person who has died begin to be confined to those that we have pictures of. And when someone finds a photo of the person you loved that we have never seen or haven’t seen for a long time, it’s almost like getting that person back, for just a few minutes.
Practical and down-to-earth, this short guide will equip you to come alongside a loved one who is hurting and offer comfort in ways that really help.
So find that photo, make a copy of it, and give it to them. Perhaps post it on Facebook and let people know what you remember about that moment and about that person. That’s an incredible gift, one that doesn’t cost anything but a bit of effort.
People who are grieving don’t expect that you are going to say something that will make everything okay.
There are simple ways that we can demonstrate a deep sensitivity to the pain of grieving people.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to say to someone who is grieving. Yet there are helpful words we can give to people who are suffering—words that will actually help and encourage in the midst of grief.