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Just heard some awful news, how can I help?

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BerkshireMum Wed 30-Jan-13 00:33:51

I'm just helping a family through a similar situation - mum to one of my DD's best friends died very suddenly. Husband has 3 kids (12,14 and 16) and no other family.

My tip would be to be specific in offers of help - I'll come round after school drop off tomorrow and collect some ironing / put on some laundry / take your shopping list with me when I go to the supermarket etc.

Probably a friend or family member will be helping co-ordinate things and offering support - see if you can contact them.

Food is great too - soup, lunches and sweet treats usually also needed.

lurkerspeaks Tue 29-Jan-13 15:54:00

Oh and once we had got over the not wanting to eat phase no one could be bothered to cook (there were 4 adults). I have eaten restaurant or take away food almost exclusively for the past 2 weeks.

I imagine with kids this might be even more of a problem so some easy food (spag bol/ lasagne) might be appreciated.

As you can tell I'm one of lives comfort eaters.

lurkerspeaks Tue 29-Jan-13 15:50:27

I would drop in a card.

I would make a positive suggestion eg. can I pick X up after school, have a playdate etc (maybe even suggest a date or time).

This is better than a nebulous 'anything I can do to help just ask' although in our recent family bereavement I did ask quite a lot of people to do stuff... most were surprised but happy to actually be asked. I've offered help loads of time but never been taken up on it.

I've also been really crap about phoning people but for some reason can handle e.mail and text messages much better......

Or bake cake. We got none which surprised and disappointed me. We had to buy some!

Ragwort Tue 29-Jan-13 14:56:34

Even if you don't know the name you can write something like 'really sorry to hear your sad news, please let me know if I can help' (and make a few suggestions ie: childcare or whatever).

ethelb Tue 29-Jan-13 14:53:56

I think that letting her know that you are available to help when all of the 'fuss' (for want of a better word) has died down.

People are v helpful in the first couple of weeks after a death and then tend to tail off. Having someone there when everyone else is gone is v helpful.

PhyllisDoris Tue 29-Jan-13 14:49:44

Take her a nice home made pie or something, so she doesn't have to bother about cooking for one day. And a note with your phone number, offering to look after any/all of the DCs. Apart from the grieving, there is a lot of admin to do when someone dies.

TomHardysPinky Tue 29-Jan-13 14:47:53

Yes, I don't even know what her DH was called though sad I'll try to find out at school so I can send a card round.

wendycraigsmini Tue 29-Jan-13 14:38:05

Thats so sad. I would imagine that she would rather know people were there for her, especially as your ds is in her sons class, than think no one cares. If you don't want to knock yet, how about dropping a card through expressing your sympathies etc. and offering practical help such as collecting from school or having her ds round to play. Stress any time in the future as it's often a few weeks down the line that the grief can really kick in.

TomHardysPinky Tue 29-Jan-13 14:32:14

I've just been told that a little boy in my sons class lost his dad yesterday, he was only in his 30s.

I don't know the mum well at all apart from to say hello as we pass but she lives just round the corner (and our boys are classmates)

Is there anything I should do, I imagine she doesn't want visitors, especially people who aren't close to her,

but they had about 6 children together and I just wish I could help in some way? But I don't want to intrude, shall I just send a card in a few days?

I've spent all day crying for her.

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