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Supporting grieving parents

How to help grieving parents

We often feel uncomfortable, even awkward, when we try to support someone who is mourning a baby. It takes a lot of courage to approach bereaved parents. We would like to ease their suffering, but we do not know how to do it. We struggle to find the right words. We hope we won’t make them cry, because we do not know how to react if that happens, and most importantly, because we don’t want to rekindle their pain by reminding them of their loss.

Some people feel so uncomfortable that they avoid contact or never mention it. Unfortunately, this attitude can be perceived as indifference in the eyes of parents.

If you feel awkward about providing support to bereaved parents, you should know that the most important thing for parents is to feel your presence and to know you are there.

A simple gesture like a hug, holding their hand, or even an understanding look can be very comforting for many bereaved parents.

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Updated on 12/10/2019
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