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Treating Grief with Kindness on National Random Acts of Kindness Day and Beyond

Did you know that today, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? This day brings me so much joy. I've celebrated this day in many ways over the years by putting quarters in parking meters, paying for the person behind me in line, writing positive notes to strangers, making a point of complimenting more people, and so on. However, this year, it seems that more than ever, my acts of kindness are needed most by those that are grieving. How can you join me in doing this?

Do you know people that are grieving? If so, you can show them kindness by:

  1. Checking in on them and providing a listening ear,

  2. Offering to cook, bake, or bring them something,

  3. Planting trees in memory of loved ones,

  4. Researching grief and the grieving process to better understand their struggles,

  5. Surprising them with a thoughtful gift or gesture, and more.

Are you grieving? If so, you can show yourself kindness by:

  1. Being gentle with yourself and your thoughts,

  2. Being patient with your process,

  3. Researching grief counseling resources,

  4. Taking care of your mind, body and health,

  5. Doing acts of kindness for others to honor the loss of your loved one, and more.

I invite you to join me in being kind. For more kindness ideas, visit


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