Are you concerned that someone in your life has been single for a long time, and might be lonely, depressed or angry about their dating difficulties? What should you do to support this person you care about? It depends on your relationship with the single person. Here are our suggestions for conversation with:
- A single friend who can safely talk to you as an equal
- Your adult child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other younger family member
- An employee, student or team member you are leading as a supervisor, teacher, professor, coach, volunteer coordinator, or other professional
- A member of your religious, ethnic or other community of families
For other relationships, try blending the approaches in these posts. For example, if your sister, brother or cousin is not dating, you might be able to talk to them like a friend, but consider how family expectations might affect your conversation.