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Coping with the grief of others

Some of these articles are aimed at helping a friend cope with grief; others aim to help you cope with your own grief after a loss, but they also reveal ways in which you can comfort a friend in distress.

How to console a grieving friend
There are many ways to help the bereaved during the grieving process. As a friend, it is important to be there during this difficult time. Read this page for helpful and practical ideas for helping your friend through their bereavement.

Grief in the workplace
When a coworker is experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one, it can be hard to approach him or her to express your condolences. Read our simple guide to showing your sympathy in the workplace.

10 strategies for coping with grief
Grief is a personal experience, unique to each mourner and unique to each loss. Grief comes in waves, as times of peace and calm are suddenly shattered by overpowering emotion. The following strategies provide a few suggestions to help your friend ride out the waves

Bereavement and grief: practical ways to find consolation
In the early stages of bereavement and grief, the bereaved may have difficulty viewing life beyond the here and now. As they move forward, the various practical steps outlined here will help them amass the strength to recover.

Death and grief: when will you start to feel better?
After the death of a loved one, remember that there is no set time for you to mourn your loss. Bereavement is a process, not an event, but the important thing to remember is that you will start to feel better. This, too, will pass.

Men, grieving and sorrow
The elements of grieving, including sorrow, crying and the expression of emotion, go against many of the typical traits we think of as being masculine, such as strength, pride and toughness. This is just one of the reasons men find it difficult to mourn.

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Further sources of information

You may find our other articles in the Grief Library section helpful too.

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