Men need support during their journey of grief. Often times by taking him to a non-threatening setting, such as a sports event, you are able to show that you want to be there for him and support him. Men often work out their pain in active ways within the context of their own personality.
One grieving father got a large block of wood and spent hours meticulously carving a magnificent angel and named it after his deceased son ~ the Jamie angel. Another grieving father took out his pain with hammer, nails and saw changing a pond and surrounding land near the farmhouse into "Robert's Park".