Our expert says:
As you describe her as a quiet, private person that may also be how she is handling this loss and grief. Sometimes, it is just worth letting the person know that you are there at any time for her, but also that there are no rules to grieving and that she must handle it at her own pace and in her own time.
It would also be useful to speak with or to ask advice from the professional she is seeing about what you can do to help. The person, for confidentiality reasons may not want to go into detail with you about what she is saying; but can at least advise you on how to be there for her in different ways at this difficult time.
This way you can lend support in ways that are useful and timely for her as she comes to terms with her loss.
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