Valentine’s Day When You’re Grieving

Grief is hard any time of year, but sometimes these minor holidays can feel particularly cruel. If you’re trying to cheer someone up this Valentine’s Day, this comic is for you. If you’d like to let folks know what *doesn’t* help (and what to do instead), this comic is for you, too. Illustrator Brittany Bilyeu and I teamed up to share some tips on how to make Valentine’s Day a little more gentle – for everyone.

Most people want to help, they just aren’t sure how. By sharing this post (and others from the RIG archives), we help everyone get better at delivering the love and support they intend.

How do you help a grieving friend on Valentine's Day? The cool news is you don’t have to be brilliant or omniscient (omniscient sentiment is kinda weird anyway). A card that says the obvious is awesome. Click To Tweet

To get even better at giving support, spend some time looking around this site. There’s a lot of good stuff here for grieving people and those who want to support them. Check out this page for an orientation to all the awesome to be found.

Head over to illustrator Brittany Bilyeu’s awesome shop to see more of her work. And be sure to check out our Writing Your Grief course – it’s the best place to tell the truth about your grief. Come see.

How about you? What’s hard about Valentine’s Day in your world? What are some of the best cards and messages you’ve received? Let us know in the comments.