Death is something that Is handled very differently based on cultural, regional or religious beliefs, not to mention each death affects every person uniquely.
In some cultures, death is a cause for celebration – a rite of passage where you honor the live that was lived. A person who was raised in that mindset may have difficulty understanding why someone would be sad about or afraid of death.
In others, death is a gateway to the beyond, and you will be judged for the time you spent alive. People with those types of beliefs may grieve or worry about the fate of their loved ones in his “afterlife.”
In both instances, the best course of action is to remind the mourner of the good deeds and positive impact on society that the deceased had. Celebrating their life, and highlighting the best parts, will liven the spirits of anyone.
Sure, there are plenty of other types of culture, but my recommendation would be to be empathetic to the needs of the mourner, and then to memorialize the deceased.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-help-someone-cope-with-the-death-of-a-loved-one
Originally Posted On: 2015-04-27