Do's and Don'ts When Supporting Bereaved Families
The death of a baby is unlike any other.
Though we mean well, sometimes our attempts to comfort a loved one in his or her time of loss causes more heartache. Saying nothing at all can be equally as hurtful. The following tips are meant to help your words be truly supportive and to alleviate some of the anxiety around "saying the wrong thing" as you care for your friend or family member who has endured the death of their baby.
I love you
I am so sorry
I am at a loss for words
I would do anything to take this pain away
If you would like to talk about how you are feeling, I’m here to listen.
Everything happens for a reason
Time heals all wounds
It’s going to be okay
God has a plan
You are young, you can have more children
At least you can get pregnant
Be thankful you have other children
Let go, move on
PLEASE DO NOT
Do not offer cliches
Do not judge or offer advice
Do not compare losses