Conversations

Starting a conversation can be difficult. The topics and questions below may give you some ideas to begin with.

Select a topic

Checking in with a carer who is caring for, or who has lost, a loved one can cause anxiety. But you don't have to guess what their needs are. Often it's best just to ask. Here are some examples of things to think or talk about.

Try asking:

What do you want help with?

What don't you want help with?

What do you want to do on your own?

Could I call or visit you at a later time?

Is there anything I could do to make it easier for you?

Would you like someone else to respond for you to offers of help?

Remember: These prompts are to give the other person an opportunity to talk if they want to. If they don't want to talk, that's okay. Let them know you are there for them when they need you.

Conversations

Starting a conversation can be difficult. The topics and questions below may give you some ideas to begin with.

Select a topic

Checking in with someone who's caring for, or has lost, a loved one.

Checking in with a carer who is caring for, or who has lost, a loved one can cause anxiety. But you don't have to guess what their needs are. Often it's best just to ask. Here are some examples of things to think or talk about.

Try asking:

What do you want help with?

What don't you want help with?

What do you want to do on your own?

Could I call or visit you at a later time?

Is there anything I could do to make it easier for you?

Would you like someone else to respond for you to offers of help?

Remember: These prompts are to give the other person an opportunity to talk if they want to. If they don't want to talk, that's okay. Let them know you are there for them when they need you.