Attend the funeral
Be sure to attend the funeral no matter what happens. This will be a major source of comfort for the bereaved as it will show them how much other people cared for their loved one.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can say to alleviate grief. So don’t pretend to know or have all the answers. Instead, listen and let them (if they want to) share their pain.
Reach out to the grieving
There is no substitute for presence. It’s not necessary that you say anything or try to solve the issue at hand. Rather, just be with the grieving. That alone can be extremely comforting.
Cook for the grieving
This may sound trivial but grief may cause people to lose the desire to cook or even eat. But if someone takes the time to prepare meals for the grieving, then not only will this be a gesture of love and comfort, but you will also help in maintaining the grieving nourished.
Help spread the message
By helping the bereaved share information concerning funeral arrangements or memorial services, you lift a huge burden off their shoulders. The fact is, during this sensitive time they will be emotionally and mentally drained and anything that they don’t have to deal with will be a huge help.