A Friend or Family Member Has Had A Loss, What Do We Do?

-Many times it is hard to know what to do or say when someone we know has had a loss.  It is important to know that sometimes, the best thing you can do is to just let them know you are sorry and that you are there for them.  And then….listen.

-Many people feel that they need to say something to try to help but end up saying things that are hurtful.  Please try to avoid saying the following:

– At least you can have other children or at least you have other children

– This was meant to be

– There must have been something wrong with the baby

– At least you didn’t know the baby, it would have been much harder

– Making the conversation about you or your loss

– Know that people grieve in different ways and two people with the same experience make not react the same way.

– Offer to attend a Share support group with your friend/family member to make them feel more comfortable.

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