Supporting Supporters in Grief

Grief is a universal emotion felt by all human beings at some point in their life. While grief is a difficult process to endure, it can also be difficult to support those who are grieving in an efficient, respectful manner. We often feel sympathy for those going through these tough times, but don’t always consider the difficulty of being a supporter of someone experiencing tremendous amounts of grief. As a veterinary assistant, I am often left comforting pet owners after the euthanasia of their animal. I have struggled to say much more than, “I’m sorry for your loss,” or “S/He knows you loved them.” However, through the research I have conducted, I have discovered some specific actions, words and emotions I can use when I am in that supportive, sympathetic role in the future. Knowing what words to express, can start them on a path of renewing their life after losing a loved one. My research raises awareness on how to be a superior supporter of those grieving, so not only can we become a more empathetic and sympathetic civil society, but also have a better understanding on the difficulties of those caretaking folks in grief.

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  • Supporting grieving people can be a difficult process. My research raises awareness on how to be a superior supporter of those grieving, so not only can we become a more empathetic and sympathetic civil society, but also have a better understanding on the difficulties of those caretaking folks in grief.

  • Language and Psychology

2 thoughts on “Supporting Supporters in Grief”

  1. Thank you for reminding all of us to remember and care for those who give so much during difficult times, grief supporters, caregivers, family members, and friends.

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