How do you help a grieving friend?

How do you help a grieving friend?

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It’s so hard to know what to do when your friends are hurting. The thing is, you can’t cheer someone up by telling them to look on the bright side, or by giving them advice. It just doesn’t work. Watch this video to learn the one thing that will improve all of your “I’m here for you” intentions, and be that supportive friend you most want to be.

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Subtitles in Spanish, Arabic, French, Persian, Norwegian, and English!

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¿Cuál es la mejor manera de ayudar a un amigo afligido? ¿Darles consejos? Anímalos? ¿Recordarles que la vida es para los vivos?

¡Ay! ¡No!

Es muy difícil saber qué hacer cuando sufren tus amigos. De hecho, no se puede animar a alguien diciéndole que mire el lado bueno o dándoles consejos. Simplemente no funciona. Mire este video para aprender una cosa que mejorará todas sus intenciones de “Estoy aquí para usted” y ser ese amigo de apoyo que más quiere ser.

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#itsokthatyourenotok #grief #empathy #normalizegrief



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