Let people be sad (and other tips for supporting a grieving friend)

Whether you’re grieving, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about grief, don’t miss this fantastic conversation.

Psychotherapist and author Megan Devine joins Jameela Jamil to discuss what grief is, how it can affect us physically, what we can say to those in our lives who are grieving, and how we can actually help, and then wraps things up by answering your questions about grief and healing.

What to say to a grieving friend is a big topic. We get into exactly what to say on Jameela’s mental health podcast, iWeigh. But this conversation is bigger than just grief - it’s about the ways we assess “mental health,” and the ways we talk to each other when we’re going through hard times. 


Big takeaways from the conversation:  

  • Ways you can support someone’s style of grieving and voice concern for their safety
  • Open, direct conversations about mental and emotional health are important, but if mental health campaigns don’t also focus on *HOW* we talk about mental health, then nothing is going to change.
  • Not being happy doesn’t mean you have “mental health problems”
  • You can be sad and healthy.

If you’re grieving, we recommend joining Megan’s once a month grief support group call, where you can get answers to your questions about grief and learn what to say to people who just. don't. get. it. 

If you want a judgment free place to explore your losses, we strongly recommend the Writing Your Grief self-guided course. More than 10,000 people have used the prompts to tell the truth about their grief. Come see. 

If you’re trying to support a grieving friend, explore the resource library, or get customized, text-based tips through Help Texts. Use code megandevine to get $10 off.

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