Confused about how to respond?

Dear Marie:

I'm feeling confused about how to respond to questions my friends and family ask. My husband died three months ago and I'm still having a hard time with it. I get a lot of questions about how I'm feeling and they make me uncomfortable. I know this is what people are supposed to ask, but I don’t ever know what to say or how much.

Usually I'm the person who helps my friends and family through difficult times. Now the table is turned and even though I know they mean well, I feel really vulnerable talking about my true feelings with them. So what should I do? How should I respond to people asking me how I feel?

Should I be honest?

-Lost and Confused in New York

Dear Lost and Confused:

I'm so sorry for your loss – you're going through a very difficult time. I understand your concern about talking to friends and family about how you're really feeling.

Especially when you've been the one they have come to for advice and help. I'm sure it also took a lot of courage to reach out for help by writing to me. Now you have to use this same courage with friends and family.

Talking with friends and family about your feelings is the best medicine for healing your heart.

Warm Regards,