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10 Ways to Help the Family of an Unbeliever after the Funeral

  • DiAne Gates GriefShare

1. Give lavish hugs and expressions of love - not words.

Hugs last forever—words drown and are forgotten in the anguish of grieving hearts. Whether the deceased was a believer or not, after the funeral is not a time to rehearse every Scripture you can muster to comfort the family. They are immobilized, sinking in the mire of grief. When a heart throbs hard, a heartfelt hug is like soothing ointment to the soul. And that hug gives an injection of comfort that lasts until the next hug arrives.

Expressions of love to those left behind are varied, according to the needs of the family. Their pain is raw and the way to best express caring comes in the form of tasty meals, mowing lawns, taking care of kiddos, running errands, or even a little housecleaning, if you’re a personal friend. Do. Not. Preach.

“Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 NAS).


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