Crazy, right? I bet I can read your mind – Has it been a year already? Or the other alternative – It’s only been a year? First of all, I would like to congratulate you if you’ve made it this far. If you have, or if you’re waiting for that landmark to come, let me tell you this – it only gets better from here.
Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? I bet it went quicker than you expected, too. That’s what usually happens. There’s a saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” I agree with that. Yet I think that it also applies to another scenario – time flies when there’s a lot going on.
It might seem really difficult to be a good friend at this point. Because of the delicate situation, you don’t…
Making conversation the first time you see your friend who has lost a parent can be really challenging if you overthink it. The important thing isn’t what you say, but to be there for that person, to be supportive. As people have told me, even adults have a hard time saying the right thing; don’t expect to get it perfect.
Supporting your friend immediately after the loss of their parent can be very difficult, especially when you have a personal connection with that parent. Before you go to see your friend, it is really important that you cope and are in a good place with yourself. This way, you will be able to be a good friend to them and help him or her through their own loss.