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 Helping A Friend Cope With Loss
Above all, just listening and showing your concern, along with your presence, will be of great help to your friend.
 Before the funeral
• Offer to notify his/her family and friends about funeral arrangements
• Help answer the phone and greet visitors
• Keep a record of everyone who calls, visits, or has been contacted
• Help coordinate the food and drink supply
• Offer to pick up friends and family at the airport and arrange housing
• Offer to provide transportation for out-of- town visitors
• Help him/her keep the house cleaned and the dishes washed
After the funeral
• Prepare or provide dinner on a day that is mutually acceptable every week for two to three months
• Offer to help with yard chores such as watering or pruning
• Feed and exercise the pets, if any
• Write notes offering encouragement and support
• Offer to drive or accompany him/her to the cemetery regularly
• Offer to house sit so he/she can get away or visit family out of town
• Make a weekly run to the grocery store, laundry, or cleaners
• Help with the “Thank You” notes and/or other correspondence
• Anticipate difficult periods such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and the day of death
• Always mention the deceased by name and encourage reminiscing

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