Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many meaningful moments. On this WWGW, we’re actually turning our attention to a not-so-celebratory event. Yesterday, August 30 was Grief Awareness Day, and it got us thinking that not every meaningful moment is a particularly joyful one.
Grief Awareness Day was founded in 2014 by an American woman named Angie Cartwright. Through her own grieving processes, she saw the importance of grief and dedicated her life to bringing support to those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.
“There is a cliché that is said often: ‘Time heals all wounds,‘” she says. “This is far from the truth. Time cannot heal a broken heart. The grief may ease up, but I believe it’s because we have learned how to manage it.”
Losing a friend or a loved one is never easy, and the emptiness that is left behind affects everyone in a different way. That’s why its so crucial to recognize the time it takes to heal from a loss, and to be there for those who are suffering. How do we support those who are grieving? When someone you care about experiences the passing of a loved one, it may be difficult to know what to say or how to comfort them. One of the most important things you can do is to make yourself available and stay connected, checking in with them often. Respect their way of grieving, without trying to fix anything or give them advice. And the best thing you can do to comfort someone who is grieving? Listen to them. Make sure they know it’s ok to talk about their feelings and what they’re going through. You won’t be able to erase the pain of their loss, but you can provide a lot of comfort simply by being there to listen.
If you’re sending comforting thoughts to someone who is across the miles, consider sending your encouragement from afar with a thoughtful bouquet or an expressive sympathy gift from GiftTree. With our hand-tied satin ribbons, custom note cards and lots of little details, you can rest assured that your thoughtful offering will send that meaningful support when you can’t be there to give it yourself.