So I was thinking about all the loss I've experienced personally and the loss experienced by those close to me. Although inevitable, death is by far one of the most difficult things that we go through as humans. Regardless of the person's age, condition, or circumstance surrounding the death, it's a loss that tends to elicit much pain, expels various emotions, and is an occurrence that nobody is ever really FULLY prepared for.
With death being such a common and expected phase of life, you'd think that folk would be more aware and sensitive in their approach when dealing with someone who has experienced a loss. Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who suffered an unexpected loss of someone extremely close to her, about 2 months ago. She was telling me about some of the conversations she's had and some of the questions that have been asked, which sparked the idea to write this blog.
I am no stranger to death, however, losing my brother in 2007 opened my eyes to a different level and understanding of grief. The most awkward and uncomfortable conversations happened during that time. It was annoying, but helped me to realize where I had previously erred in my interaction with people who were grieving and caused me to be more thoughtful and empathetic. I'm going to share some dos and don'ts that will hopefully help you too.