It’s difficult to see people you love go through an injury after suffering an accident. Every person and injury is different. Some may want to talk about their accident immediately and in detail. For others, opening up about their experience can take time. You can show support for a friend who recently suffered an accident by relating, being patient, and following a few important steps.
Nobody will truly know what your friend experienced before, during, or after their accident. It can be difficult to talk about a traumatizing experience because of fear that nobody will understand. However, putting yourself in your friend’s shoes will help you relate to their experience and understand how they must be feeling. Not only will this help you talk to your friend better, but your friend will feel more comfortable opening up to you knowing that you are empathizing with their situation.
Listen to Their Needs.
Some people benefit from talking about their experiences because it helps them make sense of everything. Other people don’t like talking about their trauma, especially not right away, because it’s too painful and they’re just not ready to relive the pain they went through. Listen to what your friend needs from you. If they want to talk about it, be a listening ear and offer advice or assistance. If not, don’t push them. They will open up to you when they’re ready and will appreciate your patience waiting.
Offer to Meet Them.
After an accident, a friend may truly want to talk to you about it, but won’t want to burden you or impose on your life. It can make them feel vulnerable reaching out if they are still in an emotionally-fragile state of mind. You can help bridge that gap by making an effort to go see them and make it known that you are a listening ear for them.
Keep Reaching Out.
At first, your friend may not be interested in doing activities. They could still be recuperating from the trauma of the accident and just can’t bring themselves to meet you. Don’t take it personally. It can take time for a friend to want to hang out and do the normal activities they once enjoyed. Keeping reaching out to your friend until they decide they are ready to start participating in their regular activities again.