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Alzheimer's Disease

What to Say, and What Not To Say, to People Who Are Grieving

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spirituality
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spirituality
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Where are they spiritually?


earnestly talking with friend
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Ask the person in grief to tell you about their loved one


comforting hug
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Keep it simple unless you know the person well


breakdown crying
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Expect the unexpected response


sad lonely older man
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Even with age variances, grief is grief


being there for a friend
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Just be with them


comfortable home
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Visit your friend long after the funeral


lots of food
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Bringing food is always good, right?


casserole
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Ask what is needed or wait to bring food


pray together
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Hold them and pray


empathy in loss
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You don’t know how they feel


it's not going to be ok
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Don’t say it will be OK


sorry
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More hated platitudes to avoid


comforting friend
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Takeaway


Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack

@mindingourelder

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who spent more than two decades caring for a total of seven elders. This experience provided her with her foundation upon which she built her reputation as a columnist, author, blogger, and consultant. Carol is as passionate about supporting caregivers work through the diverse challenges in their often confusing role as she is about preserving the dignity of the person needing care. Find out much more about Carol at www.mindingourelders.com.

Carol also serves on HealthCentral’s Health Advocates Advisory Board.