11 Ways to Support a Family After a Miscarriage

  1. Be There: Show your support by being present for the family during this difficult time. Offer to spend time with them, whether it's in person or virtually, and let them know that you're there to listen whenever they need to talk. For example, you could offer to have a virtual coffee date with your friend or schedule a time to visit them at home and simply be there for them.
  2. Validate Their Feelings: Acknowledge the family's grief and validate their feelings. Let them know that it's okay to feel however they're feeling and that you're there to support them no matter what. You could say something like, "I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. Just know that I'm here for you, and whatever you're feeling is valid."
  3. Offer Practical Assistance: Help ease the family's burden by offering practical assistance. This could include running errands, preparing meals, or helping with household chores. For instance, you could offer to pick up groceries for them, prepare a meal and drop it off at their doorstep, or help with cleaning around the house.
  4. Respect Their Privacy: Give the family space to grieve in their own way and on their own terms. Avoid pushing them to talk about their feelings if they're not ready, and let them know that you're there for them whenever they need you. Respect their boundaries and let them know that you're available whenever they're ready to talk.
  5. Remember Significant Dates: Be mindful of important dates such as the baby's due date or the anniversary of the loss. Reach out to the family on these occasions to let them know that you're thinking of them and their baby. You could send them a thoughtful message or card on these dates to show your support and let them know that you're there for them.
  6. Provide Emotional Support: Be a supportive listener and offer words of comfort and encouragement. Let the family know that you're there to support them through the ups and downs of their grief. You could say something like, "I'm here to listen whenever you need to talk, and I'll always be here to support you through this difficult time."
  7. Offer Practical Gifts: Consider giving practical gifts that can help the family during this difficult time. This could include gift cards for groceries or meal delivery services, cleaning services, or childcare assistance. For example, you could purchase a gift card to their favorite grocery store or meal delivery service to help ease the burden of meal planning and preparation.
  8. Offer Miscarriage Gifts: Consider giving miscarriage-specific gifts that honor the baby's memory and provide comfort to the family. This could include a miscarriage memorial necklace, an angel figurine, or a miscarriage care package filled with soothing items such as candles, bath salts, and a handwritten note. These thoughtful gifts serve as tangible reminders of your support and can help the family feel comforted during their grief journey.
  9. Create a Memorial: Help the family create a memorial to honor their baby's memory. This could be a physical memorial such as a garden or a plaque, or a virtual memorial such as a website or social media page. You could offer to help them plan and create the memorial, or simply be there to support them as they navigate this process.
  10. Avoid Hurtful Remarks: Be mindful of what you say and avoid saying anything that could be hurtful or insensitive. Avoid clichés or platitudes, and instead, offer genuine words of support and empathy. Remember to think before you speak and consider how your words might impact the family during this sensitive time.
  11. Continue to Offer Support: Pregnancy loss is a long and difficult journey, and the family will continue to need support in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Continue to reach out to them regularly and let them know that you're there for them whenever they need you. Offer to check in with them regularly and be a consistent source of support and comfort.
By offering your presence, validating their feelings, providing practical and emotional support, remembering significant dates, giving practical gifts, creating a memorial, avoiding hurtful remarks, and continuing to offer support, you can help the family navigate the difficult journey of pregnancy loss with compassion and understanding. Let them know that they're not alone and that you're there to support them every step of the way.
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For me the most important thing was for my baby’s life to matter. I did not want him to be forgotten. I still remember who called and who did not call.


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