The longer you work at a particular organization, the tighter or closer the bond with your colleagues becomes. Working as a team, you cheer each other on in times of success and offer support during difficult times. When a colleague experiences a death of a loved one, it makes the workplace suddenly feel somber. You all want to show your support but may not know how to do so effectively. Here are five simple ways to do it.
Condolence flowers are a beautiful yet thoughtful way to show your support during grief. However, you may need help choosing the perfect flowers. Should you go for a classic bouquet or something different? Consider the type of arrangement that brings comfort.
Send an arrangement with a symbolic meaning, such as lilies, which symbolize sympathy and innocence. Also, consider your closeness. For someone you know well, choose something intricate and more expensive. Red roses are also a classic choice. They represent love and devotion. On the other hand, white roses are often associated with sympathy, innocence, and new beginnings.
Offer To Spend Quality Time With Them
Sometimes, words are not enough. Try to spend quality time with your colleague at work or home. If they prefer to stay home, bring a meal or snacks. If they need to get out of the house and do something to take their mind off things, go to the movies or a nearby park.
Note that your colleague may not want to talk about their loss. Don’t pressure them. Instead, offer to listen or just be around when they need the company. Also, don’t be afraid to talk about the deceased when they are comfortable.
Help With Work
When someone is grieving, it’s understandable that they may not be in the right frame of mind to do any work. If they need help, ask them how you can be of assistance. Offer to take on some of their tasks or even complete an assignment together.
This gesture shows you support them and care about their emotional well-being. It also eases the burden of work, creating more time for the grieving process.
Attend the Funeral
Showing your support doesn’t have to be done with words. If it’s possible and you’re invited, attend the funeral. Your physical presence will give your colleague a sense of comfort in knowing their loved one is honored and remembered. They will also have more emotional support during the funeral.
Send a Thoughtful Gift
A thoughtful gift such as a food delivery or gift basket shows your support and care. You could also send books about grief and healing as they provide guidance, understanding, and comfort. Alternatively, send a care package with tissues, a journal, and snacks. The key is to show that you are thinking of them during this challenging time and care about their emotional well-being.
Check-In From Time to Time
Grief is a complicated process that takes time. Remember to check in on your colleague from time to time. Showing your support doesn’t need to be done in person or with a grand gesture. It can be as simple as sending a text or an email. Ask them how they are doing and tell them you’re there for them whenever needed. Also, don’t forget to check in after the initial catch-up period has passed. Remind them that you still care about their emotional well-being and are there to listen or offer help.