The death of a close relative is a stressful, emotional, and difficult time. While arranging services and ordering an upright monument is important, managing your own feelings is equally important. During these emotional times, it’s natural to turn to friends and family for support.
Anyone on Facebook will know that social media has become one of the most convenient ways to notify people of the loss of a family member or friend. However, receiving news in this manner may be troublesome for some people. In this post, we’ll discuss how to be sensitive to others’ feelings on Social Media after a death.
Reaching Out to Others
As we mentioned previously, posting about someones passing on Facebook is a convenient way to tell your friends about the unfortunate circumstances. It’s also a great way to receive some much-needed support during and after this difficult time.
Beyond the confines of Facebook, if you need to talk your feelings through with somebody, then contact them directly. Doing so will help you to feel more confident in overcoming this grief.
If your friend or family member is going through a loss, it’s important to reach out beyond social media.
Reaching out to grieving friends shows that you care about them, and are standing with them in solidarity– no matter how many months or years it’s been since you last communicated. It may be awkward to speak to somebody for the first time in so many years, but they will appreciate your positive thoughts.
Be Present When Needed
During times of grief, close friends and family are often quick to offer their assistance. This can vary on a situational basis. Grieving parents making funeral arrangements for a loved one might need help watching their children. Others preoccupied with arranging a funeral monument could use help with simple chores like picking up groceries.
If your loved ones offer these services, then its Ok to accept. Some people may feel the need to decline in order to be polite or to not inconvenience people. However, your friends and family would much rather you receive the help you need . Conversely, if you are offering these services to a grieving friend, then be sure to follow through with your promise.
Similarly, be sure to respect the wishes of relatives. Some people might request to hear about memories of their loved ones. However, if they request that friends not respond to any posts, then be sensitive to that.
Don’t Post Out of Obligation
We understand that privacy is also of the utmost importance. It’s okay if notifying all of your Facebook friends about a death in your family is too public for you. Never feel obligated to do anything during your time of grief just because you think others may expect it. If you elect not to use Facebook, then contact close friends individually via phone, email or another channel instead.
Likewise, those who are responding to others’ grief can do so in a private manner. If you do not want to express your condolences in a public forum, then simply sending a message or making a phone call is also an appropriate.
People Handle Grief in Different Ways
Overcoming the passing of a loved one is a personal journey that everyone handles differently. Keeping these general ideas in mind as you handle your own grief and help others is key to being there for loved ones. Our headstone company is always sensitive to and accommodating of the grief that our customers experience. We will help you to have an easy, stress-free headstone purchasing experience. Contact us for more information about our monument design and creation services.