In tough times we are more vulnerable to stress, worry, anxiety and depression. It’s important to take care of ourselves and those we know. Be kind.
Death of a friend, family member and even someone we didn't know well, can have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. Remember, it’s normal to feel stress. Everyone who goes through a traumatic event is affected in some way. Sometimes these stresses may not appear for weeks or months following an event. It is important to watch for warning signs.
Alberta Health Services offers many free resources listed here:
Get Help NowCrisis/Distress Line
Important Phone Numbers
Visit these MyHealth.Alberta.ca resources or call 811 for information on grieving and helping children/teens during times of loss:
The most important thing to do is simply be present, listen and show that you care:
- Be tolerant
- Discover the gift of silence
- Be accepting
- Allow the bereaved to express unhappiness
- Don’t be distressed by differences in grief responses
- Be aware
- Be respectful
- Refer to the person who has died by name
- Be considerate
- Allow people to grieve in their own way
- Don’t interrupt; keep your comments brief and simple
WHAT TO SAY:
This information was shared by The City of Calgary.
WHAT NOT TO SAY: