Chapter 4: Supporting the person

Ongoing support

The grief expert says
Cara Grosset, social worker, speaks about the importance of supporting people in their grief with consideration to their age, personal abilities and needs.(3:22)Video transcript
The support worker says
Karen Campbell, developmental services worker, speaks about the individuality of grief and how sometimes it takes time to process a loss.(3:22)Video transcript
Karen Campbell, developmental services worker, talks about supporting someone who is grieving.(3:22)Video transcript
I've been there
Claire shares how it feels for her to miss her Grampy.(3:22)Video transcript
Claire talks about helping her Nana.(3:22)Video transcript
Claire speaks about her supportive family.(3:22)Video transcript

When someone has communication challenges, they may not have the words to express their grief. The people around them may not recognize that the person is grieving.

Time, space, and flexibility are key ingredients when planning activities. Below are some examples of activities that you might invite the grieving person to share with you to help them work through some of their grief feelings. Click on each for additional information.


You can play an important role in the development of a grief-informed “community of care” for the person you are supporting. This may include educating the people within that person’s circle of care or may extend beyond that circle to your broader community.

What may help

Acknowledge that the person is aware of changes in their environment and routine, and talk about why these are happening. Try to minimize change in their environment.