Loss: How To Help A Friend

Watching a friend going through grief can be tough - not knowing what to say or do, and feeling pretty useless is common.

UOKM8? campaign ambassador Hussain Manawer shares with us the little things his friends did that helped him cope following the sudden death of his mum.


Something as simple as telling your friend you're there for them can be a massive help, Hussain explains.

"It's important for them to be remembered and loved at this hard time of their life," he says. "Because they may have never experienced something like this. Society doesn't teach us how to deal with these things."

He added: "Ease into certain conversations if it's a little sensitive. Talk about the person that they've lost, share memories, embrace their name, talk about their kind nature. Don't allow them to become a taboo. Don't allow them to feel like they can't talk about that person."

Watch Hussain give his First Steps guide to coping with loss.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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