Everyone goes through some rough times in life, and it can be very difficult to see your loved ones deal with grief, with divorces, with being made redundant, and with illness. There are some things you can do to help out – here are some tips.
If your friend or loved one is hurting, the most important thing to do is simply be there. A lot of people find that their friends and family are surprisingly unhelpful in difficult times – and a big reason for that is that a lot of the time, people simply don’t know what to say, so they end up avoiding them instead. And it is definitely hard to know how to respond to hearing about the news of a bereavement or a marriage split. If you aren’t sure what to say, it’s okay to say exactly that – that you wish you knew what to say to help but that you love them and that you’ll help out any way that you possibly can. Knowing that they have people they can lean on will help your loved one immeasurably.