For most, losing a child is unimaginable. Because the depth of this loss is so hard to fathom, many people aren’t sure how to show support to a friend or family member mourning a child. We hope these tips help.
Your natural inclination might be to offer words of wisdom like, “Everything happens for a reason,” or, “I know what you’re going through,” but in many cases, these words fail to bring comfort. The most compassionate, loving words you can share with somebody who is experiencing loss is simply, “I’m so sorry you’re going through this.”
Listening is more important than talking during times like these. Don’t be afraid of moments of reflection and don’t feel obligated to fill them.
Remember, the most damaging thing you can do is fail to reach out at all out of fear that you might say the wrong thing. Good intentions speak volumes.
Following a loss, it’s common to receive offers of help. “Is there anything I can do for you?” or “Just let me know if you need anything”are common extensions from friends, family members, coworkers, and acquaintances.
But those who aren’t comfortable asking for help, these favors are hard to cash in. Instead, be specific:
Sometimes the best help is unsolicited help like a shoveled sidewalk, a mowed lawn, or a casserole.
There are a number of ways you can show your respect by honoring the life lost:
The easiest way to honor a memory is to openly share stories and recollections of your times together.
To learn more, visit us at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery today.