What can you do for a grieving parent at Christmas?
I came across a posting that was a fitting reminder to all of us for the Christmas season. As much as we all love the fun, family and excitement of Christmas, there are people who are reminded of the loss of their child..born or unborn.
This is a well written article that speaks to grieving for a child…wishing you could be celebrating Christmas with them. Take the time to read the article on Kyria‘s site, Healing for Grieving Parents by Amy Kuelbelbeck and you’ll find the right things to say, how to comfort and just be there for those experiencing loss of their child.
A hospital Kit for grieving parents
One thing I would add to her kit for grieving parents she gives to hospitals would also be to include enough plaster for hand prints of their child. She had included plaster of Paris for the feet. If you have thought of hand printing your own child or grandparent but have been putting it off, click on the links that will take you through the hand print process.
Be sensitive to grieving parents during Christmas
(This is a comment that is below, on this posting. I feel that it is important enough to include it in the body of this posting.)
Having miscarried very early on in my last pregnancy, I know first hand the grief felt. The one thing I would encourage you not to say during this time of anguish is:
you can try for another baby! My OB/GYN said this to me at my check up 1 week after, and I could have honestly ripped her head off!
But Christ saw me through and I didn’t need to be escorted off the premises, but I did get a new doctor.
A very close family member lost their 1st baby 3 days after he was born. Years later, the Mom told me that my asking: how can I help you honor him? was something she’ll always remember.
Be sensitive to those who have experienced losses during this Christmas season. Give the treasured gift of a loving touch, a caring hug and a kind word. Let the love of God be shed abroad in your heart!
Do you have anything you could leave as a comment that would help a grieving parent? What do you say when the situation arises?