Questions tagged [grief]

Questions about interactions surrounding grief and death. The deceased can be an acquaintance, friend, family, or pet.

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Conveying wishes that someone's death was peaceful

I recently had an old friend and co-worker pass away. He was an incredible person but I know he was struggling with a lot of family issues and was very likely in a troubling area mentally and ...
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Etiquette when someone’s birthday is on the same day as the funeral of one of their loved ones

Bob’s grandmother passed away last week. Her funeral is today. It is also Bob’s birthday today. I am attending the funeral. Obviously, I offer him condolences, but do I wish him a happy birthday too? ...
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How do I comfort someone I love after their dad died? [closed]

The dad of the girl that I love died some days ago. And I just want to make her feel better but I don't know the words, if I need to let her vent. I'm so cold talking with people about love because it'...
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How do I talk to my partner who is still grieving her ex who committed suicide?

I am looking for some advice on a situation with a fairly new partner of mine. To set the scene: ~10 years ago she was dating someone, first love etc. I think he moved away so it ended. 2 years ago ...
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What can I do to comfort an online friend who’s sibling just died?

I have an online friend whose little sister just passed away from congenital heart defects. I don’t know this friend in person, and she lives 4 hours away from me so I can’t hop in the car and go ...
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How to handle emotional expectation about an animals death, I do not fulfill?

I just experienced a difficult situation and I did not know how to react. My SO and me have a pet hamster that showed some worrying behavior and might have to be put down. She is very attached to him ...
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Prompt a person to invite me

Incident Alice and I are relatives but not on good terms. Recently, Alice was bereaved and I got to know about it through a third person. With the kind of rapport that I have with Alice, I am sure ...
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How to tell my GF I'm willing to listen her, but leaving her the option to say no?

About us We are a European couple, I'm 23 male and she is 24 female, from Spain. We have been together for about 5 months. Context My girlfriend's mother passed away a couple of years ago, and she ...
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What to do when a friend's close relative dies? [duplicate]

As a 17 years old, I have never had to face this unfortunate and sad situation before. My friend's grandad just died, what can I do to support him? I live in Delhi, India . My friend comes from a ...
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How to act with a grieving person at a party?

A friend of mine celebrated his birthday a week after I graduated. I was seated on a table with a couple of mutual friends, and the host's neighbour. The neighbour is 18 and suddenly lost her father 3 ...
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How to ask if someone has suffered a bereavement?

I have a work colleague who I was expecting to be at work today but they haven't shown up. I know that they are currently going through issues with their Father's health and may have to take some ...
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How do I deal with a partner who is more emotional than me? [closed]

I have a partner who is struck by life problems emotionally much more deeper than me. Whenever a setback or tragedy occurs, my partner cries about it and is sad for a long time. Although I have ...
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How can I help someone over the loss of their dog?

I have a sad situation with my girlfriend; however, I think a bit of context is needed to know for better understanding. We have been together for 3 months now and I am actually her first real ...
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Appropriate reactions to people who recently lost their pet?

I've only had this happen twice, but this morning my mom will be going to the vet to have my brother's pet rabbit put to death, because it is ill. For me, a pet is just a pet, and nothing more. It is ...
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How do I respond when someone is glad their loved one's suffering will end soon due to death?

I recently had a conversation like this: Coworker: I just wanted to let you know that I'm probably going to be out early next week. My father is on death's door. Me: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that....
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How to follow up with someone who lost a loved one?

My friend's dad died two days ago. I gave her my condolences that same day. My question is, should I check up on her on a interval basis? Like everyday, every two days, etc.? And what kind of things ...
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How to enquire about someone after they learned bad news?

I learned a few hours ago that a friend's dad and step-mom had a life-threatening motorcycle accident. I enquired about his state through SMS (I'm in another country right now) as I think I would ...
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Should I ask about a colleague's obvious problem, even when I don't care much? [closed]

A colleague has returned to work after spending several months away to take care of her ill child. During this time, I took over some of her duties. She has returned and responsibilities have ...