Avoid these phrases

Be aware of the holidays

Beware of the mask

Do not minimize the loss

Do not try to “fix” the problem

Don’t shy away from saying the deceased’s name

Give them space

Humor

Keep your promises

Let the bereaved talk about the deceased

Listen

Look out for the signs

Love

Mementos

Reach out to the grieving

Reassure them

Silence is not a bad thing

Spend time with the bereaved