Losing a spouse is a traumatic experience. For the most part, it happens unexpectedly and should be handled in the the best way possible. Although some may want to help, it can be hard trying to approach someone with their grief.
IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO HELP A WIDOWED PERSON TRY:
Suggest help rather than forcing he/she because it can potentially lead to a rebound effect.
Be the comfort. Be open to listening and assisting the widow with their needs until they become comfortable doing it for themselves.
Although counseling may not be the very first option, suggesting therapy can give a person an open door to express themselves when they feel like no one is listening. Don’t feel bad if a widow is reluctant to hanging out: The key is to be patient, a person who is dealing with the loss of a spouse is reluctant due to trying not to be a burden. When making plans to hangout, making sure the person feels welcomed can definitely help. Having open arms for someone can go a long way and ensure their mental stability returns sooner.
“May a man live well-enough and long-enough, to leave many joyful widows behind him.” ― Roman Payne,