Grief Counseling Certification Article on Helping Depressed Family and Friends

Not everyone needs to be a licensed counselor or a certified grief counselor to help individuals suffering from grief, loss or depression.  Family members sometimes are the first line of defense in spotting different behavior.  Family can listen and help by validating the loss and grief and listening to the problems expressed.

Family and friends are the first to identify a depressed friend. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification


There are an array of things that should and not should be said and this is why it is important to understand grief and depression.  Words that validate the loss and offer help instead of judgement are key in helping a family member through grief.  Also, openness regarding suicidal thoughts and asking a family member how bad they feel and if those thoughts have entered their mind.  Knowing what to look for and the right questions to ask can save a life.

The article, “How to talk to friends or family struggling with depression” by Dr Yalda Safai looks at how friends and family can better talk with depressed family and friends.  She states,

“For those whose loved ones are battling depression, remember that your reaction to their suffering matters. Being uncomfortable for a few minutes or hours is worth it if it saves a life. You can’t cure the person’s depression, but your moral support can do wonders.  When faced with this situation, there are a few things you can do to help.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling