Question:One of our neighbors passed away suddenly two nights ago while in the hospital. Do you have any resources you can direct me to that might be of some help to this family?
Thank you for contacting us. You are doing the best thing you can do and that is being a friend to a family in need. More than any resources or books, the family needs your presence even if it is in silence. Just knowing that you are praying for them and are there will be of wonderful comfort to them. Stay in contact with the family, especially after the extended family leaves. Allow them to grieve and don't hesitate to talk about their loved one who passed away. Each person in the family will need to process this their own way. Continue to be a friend. If you see a tangible need, like shoveling snow or helping out with some handiwork I'm sure that would be appreciated. However, respect the boundaries the family puts into place and allow them to begin to regroup after this sudden event.
Most of all, pray for the family and let them know you are praying and available if they need anything. Since you are a man and the one who is left behind is a woman, be cautious in your approach.
Many blessings to you as you minister to this hurting family.