How to Support Someone Who is Grieving

We know that processing the loss of a loved one is difficult, but it can also be difficult to know how to support someone who is grieving. With over 50 years of experience, the caring team at Mattiske Funerals knows how to be there to support, guide and comfort.

Here are some helpful tips if you are supporting someone who is grieving.

Types of Grief

It is important to know that there are many types of grief, and not everyone will behave or feel the same way. If there is no risk of harm to themselves or anyone else, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Patience is important when supporting someone who is grieving, and it is always good to keep in touch to let them know that you are around and haven’t forgotten about them.

Be Prepared to Listen

If the person you are supporting would like to talk, being available to listen is one of the greatest things you can do. If they don’t want to talk then that is ok, but let them know that you are ready to listen if they would like to.

Help and Support

Nobody should have to grieve on their own. There are many services available that can assist with grief, and there is no shame in seeking additional support. They could start by speaking to their GP or visiting any of the below sites.

  • There is a range of resources and information available on the SA Health website. If you are unsure of where to start, then this is a useful place to look. Head to SA Health
  • The MyGrief App is a free application that can be downloaded for you iPhone or Android phone. The app has been developed by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and offers strategies for dealing with grief. Download the MyGrief app here
  • Grieflline has telephone counsellors available 365 days a year and access to 24/7 tools, wellbeing practices and coping strategies. Visit Griefline
Look After Yourself

It is important to still look after yourself, supporting someone who is grieving and be exhausting. Make sure that you have your own support network in place, and try to get sufficient rest and eat well.

The team at Mattiske Funerals are here to help anyone that has lost a loved one create a memorable celebration with an intimate and personalised service. With over 50 years in the industry, our experienced staff are committed to providing sincere and compassionate support to guide you through this difficult time. Contact us today if there is any way that we can assist you.


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We wish to thank you once again for all your help with the service for our twins. Your compassion and responsiveness during the planning, and the kind words you spoke on the day helped us significantly during a very difficult time for Paul and I.


I just wanted to pass on my thanks again for being so accommodating with our wishes and doing such a lovely service for my dad’s funeral.
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On behalf of the family we would like to thank you and your staff for your kindness & compassion following the death of Robert.
You made a difficult day so much easier for mum and you looked after her so well, The service was just as we hoped & conducted in a very professional manner.
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A big thank you to you and your team for your support, care and attention to detail in a ‘no fuss’ supportive manner. We are all so happy about Dad’s funeral day. Our celebration at home in the evening was also a special tribute to Dad.
We felt prepared and supported by your team and we have some very special, fond memories of the day. Thanks to you and your team.

Mary Jo

Your whole approach was just perfect. We all appreciated the sensitive manner with which you managed the ceremony. Again, thank you.

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