March 1, 2015 my life changed forever. My father passed away suddenly. Up until that point, I thought that I had life all figured out. I didn’t have issues with depression or anxiety. I was a senior in college, just trying to live out my dreams. That all changed on that day.
Everyone came out to support my family but I still felt so alone. No one, who was close to my age and was my friend, had been through something like this in their life. I had put on this brave face, but inside I was just needing some advice on how to deal with everything.
Since my dad passed, there have been about 10 people who I’ve known that have lost their dad as a young woman. Some of these ladies have been people who are close to me. Others are simple Facebook friends. Each time that I’ve heard about these passings, my heart just goes back to what I felt on that day.
Honestly, even though I’ve been through this myself, it’s still tough to know what to do or say. However, I know that these 6 things have been helpful for me as I’ve learned to live without my dad. No matter if you’re a long time supporter or a first time supporter of someone who’s lost a loved one, try one of these steps, and you may find that your friendship will grow even stronger.
Now, these are things that have helped me, it’s not an all encompassing way to help every friend, but perhaps one of these can help your friend begin the journey of healing, with your help!
~ Shauna 💜