How to help a friend who’s grieving

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How does it work?

Create a profile for their loved one no matter how long ago they passed away.

Add a memory, if you knew them. Memories can be one or more of the following: text, photos, audio, video, other files.

Invite others, whether they knew the person or just want to support your friend. Only people with a unique link will be able to access the private space.

Sign up for prompts. Subscribe for regular reminders to check in on your friend with tips of what to say or do.

Share stories if you don't know what to say

  • Encircle is a central repository that enables you to store all memories of a person in a single place. Encircle can accept any filetype - photos, voicemails, video, documents.
  • With Encircle, it's easy for all members of your community to add memories - even if they're not tech savvy.
  • Easily gift ownership of the Encircle profile to the grieving person.

Remember important dates (and don't worry about saying the wrong thing)

  • You'll get busy after the funeral. Your friend will still be processing their grief.
  • Opt-in to be reminded on the days that are important to them (e.g. death anniversary, birthday, special holidays).
  • We'll include suggestions of what to send them to let them know you're thinking of them, so you don't have to worry about not knowing what to say.

Ask questions - even if it doesn't feel like enough

  • While it can feel awkward to ask your friend about the person they lost, getting a chance to talk about them can be an incredibly healing experience.
  • You may avoid doing this because you don't want to make your friend sad. Unfortunately, they're already feeling all these emotions. Giving them the space to be open about how they're feeling helps them feel fully seen.
  • They may cry - that's okay. Letting them do so is an important part of healing. Resist the urge to try to cheer them up.

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