How to support a person who has experienced grief

Опубліковано 24 March 2024 року, о 11:26

Experts from the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program ‘Are You OK?’, initiated by First Lady Olena Zelenska, reported this.   

  1. Avoid speaking for others or finishing their sentences, even if you believe you understand their thoughts.
  2. Do not diminish someone’s experience by comparing it to others.
  3. Give the person time and space to experience their emotions. Do not suppress or block their feelings.
  4. Stay near them and make it clear that you are available if needed and that it is safe to be close to you.
  5. Offer help with urgent and routine tasks. You can also take a walk together or discuss familiar topics.
  6. Phrases such as the following can provide support:

– “I’m here for you” or “If you need any support, I’m here.”

– “I’m listening to you, I care about your feelings.”

– “How can I help you?”

– “How can I support you?”

– “You can come to me whenever you feel the need.”

7.Try to listen to the person. This will help them go through the process of acceptance.

Free psychological support is available for veterans, female veterans, military personnel, and their families through the NGO Free Choice.   To schedule a consultation, please call or message (063) 646-49-91 on weekdays between 09:00 and 19:00.