Posts by Samantha Ruth

Samantha Ruth is a psychologist, transformational speaker, coach, and #1 international best-selling author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Humanistic Studies.  Sam unexpectedly lost her husband two and a half years ago when he died from a congenital heart condition that he was unaware of.  Sam has been published on PsycheCentral.com and in Live Happy Magazine, and her website is samantharuth.com.

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How to Best Comfort Someone Who’s Grieving

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene

Compassion is one of humanity’s greatest gifts. During times of suffering, such as following the death of a loved one, sufferers rely on the empathy of others to survive their ordeal. Yet, too often when someone is grieving, we do little more than offer an “I am sorry for your loss” because we are fearful of accidentally increasing their pain.

Speaking as someone who lost her husband unexpectedly after just over three years of marriage—and who has counseled many people …