Losing a spouse at an older age is extremely difficult. The grief involved and the feeling of being alone can creep in, causing the widower to feel at a loss for life. If you have a parent or know somebody who just recently became a widower, you really need to help them grieve with these five tips. These tricks will help them drastically.

Cry With Them
Crying is the best way to help them grieve. It's a normal part of the process. It's a painful road losing a spouse. If you cry with them, it'll give them that sense of being with another human to celebrate their spouse. You don't necessarily have to cry with them. It could be just hugging them while they cry. Remind them that they are allowed to let their feelings out.

Talk About The Best Experiences
According to experts at the University of Southern California, getting the widow to talk about their previous experiences with their lost loved one can help with the grieving. It allows them to talk about their spouse and think about the good times.

Laughing With The Widow
After they have cried their eyes out and allowed themselves to be angry for a while, it's time to start thinking about ways to make them happy again. Watching a happy comedy movie can help boost up their spirits. Laughing doesn't necessarily mean that they're forgetting about their loved one. It just means that they are allowing themselves to feel alright. It's recommended just to talk about funny things the person who died would do when they were alive.

Just Listen To Them
Avoid trying to say things like, "He lived a long life." It's not always about what you say, but more so about how you are there for them. Listen to their feelings. Listen to the words they say or the stories they want to share and get off of their chest. Don't say things that may potentially hurt them.

Help Them Back To Ordinary Life
While this isn't recommended to do right after the death, it's important to wait awhile before you think they should get back to normal living. After several months, schedule a time to eat out or watch a movie. Your goal is to be there for them at the beginning while they grieve but also to help get them back to normal living down the road.

Losing a loved one is not always easy. Be there for your parent, grandparent, or whoever the elder is to get better. Your kind arms during their grieving can help them start to feel better again.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber