Fortunately, most of us don't have to deal with grief and loss every day. Our unfamiliarity with the subject does have its downfalls though. When we find ourselves in a situation of comforting others through the grieving process, many of us make mistakes. We are not trying to be obtuse, we just don't have the scope to properly understand how to help. We have heard about the stages of grief and do our best. Here's an article from My Healthy Place titled, "People Are Not Goldfish: Nine Common Myths and Realities about Grief" that may help you to help others.
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