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Loss: How To Help A Friend

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.

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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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UOKM8? is a campaign by LADbible, featuring films and stories that provide advice and inspiration on mental health. Explore more here and don't suffer in silence. Let's talk mental health.

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Topics: UOKM8, U OK M8, Mental Health

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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