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5 Types of People to Surround Yourself with When You’re Grieving


Grieving Process

Posted On: Sep 06, 2016

5 Types of People to Surround Yourself with When You’re Grieving

Finding light in a dark situation can be hard when you’ve lost a loved one. Surrounding yourself with people who love and care about you can make your loss more bearable. The right friends and family will help you cope by allowing you to process your emotions and share about your loved one while challenging you to cope and recover.

The Compassionate Friend

This could be someone who has also experienced a loss or who happens to be really good at empathizing with others. A friend like this will be able to consider your feelings during a trying time and will understand when you need time to yourself. Compassionate people will be able to accept that at this moment in time you need their support.

The Anchor

When times are hard, you can always count on this person to be there for you. While you may be swayed and rocked by your circumstances, your anchor keeps you steady. This person will prevent you from losing yourself in your problems. They will remind you of who you are and inspire you to be resilient. You may be depressed or stubborn, but this friend is loyal to the end and won’t give up on you.

The Listener

Sometimes the last thing we want is advice. We want to be able to process our grief, talk about our feelings, and share stories about our passed loved one without feeling judged or as if the other person is just waiting to chime in with their opinion. The listener allows you to speak freely about how you’re feeling and uses their opportunity to speak to ask questions that require you to analyze your emotions.

The Truth Speaker

We all have that one person who knows us better than anyone else. The truth speaker in our lives is the person who knows when it’s time for us to pick ourselves back up after a hard situation. They can be stern and direct but loving at the same time. At first, we may feel hurt or angry with this person but we know that they’re right. Your truth speaker will be right by your side to lend you a helping hand any time you’re in need of a reality check.

The Rejuvenator

Being around this person lifts your spirits. It could be their humor, positive attitude, smile, or some other charismatic and fun trait about them. You can’t help but smile when around this person and they usually have the right words to say to improve your day.