I often have people contact me, asking for ideas of how they can help a friend who has recently become a widow/widower or who has lost a child. My advice is nothing is too small. Small things can make a huge difference to someone who feels so alone, and like their world is falling apart. Something small can keep them going - even if it's just for the next hour or two.
I have written two posts about this, and hope it may help someone who is wanting to help a friend.
When Someone Becomes a Widow
When a Child Dies