People do not like to think about death. But, it can come at any age. You may be faced with helping someone grieve when you least expect it.
I have been a pastor since 1972. I have sometimes had as many as 15 funerals in one year. This Instructable will share some things to do when helping a friend through grief. It will also share some available resources.
(The illustrations used in this Instructable have been shamelessly stolen without attribution from Google Images.)
Step 1: We expect death for the aged.
When people become advanced in age we observe certain declines in their function and we know they will die one day. Both of my parents died within the last 10 years. They each experienced several years of deteriorating health. We all became very much aware they would die one day and had time to prepare for it mentally. In both cases, I found myself praying that God would take them soon and end their difficulties. Still, there is some grieving.
Step 2: Teens die, too.
The second funeral I remember attending was for a fellow high school student who died in a traffic accident. I was 16 years old. Such things were not supposed to happen.