When it's a close friend who has lost a loved one, it can be especially difficult to watch them go through all the phases of mourning. You wish you could take their pain away.  You wish you could do anything at all to make them feel more at ease.  But you know it's not your fight, and all you can do is be there for them when they need you most.

Even more difficult than accompanying your friend through this stage of life is trying to do so when you live in different places.  You don't have the luxury of popping over to their house when you're done with work and cooking them dinner while they talk things out.  Luckily, technology has given us an abundance of ways to video chat and text no matter where you are in the world, but relating to each other through that medium can feel artificial and slightly contrived when someone's grieving.  It's still important to make long-distance communication a priority, though, because it's the smallest gestures that could make all the difference in the world to someone who is heartbroken over a loss.

Here are six ways to help a grieving friend long distance.

  1. Send Them Gifts To Let Them Know You're Thinking About Them
  2. Stay In Touch With Their Close Friends And Family Members To See How They're Doing
  3. Talk About The Loss Openly WIth Them
  4. Don't Speak In Cliches
  5. Encourage Mutual Friends Who Are Closer By To Help
  6. Tell Them You Love Them-A Lot

You will never be able to fix anything or cure their sadness, but displaying how much you care will help them realize that they are not alone, and that there is life after losing someone you love.  It might be easier if you were nearby, but you can still tell them you love them, and make sure they know you are there, even if from a distance.

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