Chapter 1: Caring for yourself
How can I find support?
People often do better when they face tragedy together. Having the chance to tell and re-tell your story to a supportive listener can be very valuable.
The person who fills this role might be an old friend, a family member, or even a new friend. People who are grieving are often surprised when a relationship that was distant before the death becomes a primary source of support afterwards.A supportive friend:
- Accepts you for who you are.
- Is not quick to give advice or tell you how you "should" behave.
- Can respectfully challenge you if you are coping in an unhealthy way.
- Is the voice of reason and reality.