Planning for a new baby is supposed to be an exciting time, but more and more we are hearing about miscarriage, neonatal death, stillbirth; and it is awful! Not only is new life a miracle, but it also feels like a promise. A promise of new beginnings, growth, adventure and happiness. So when that promise is taken from someone you love, in short, it takes your breath away. How could something so wonderful be taken so swiftly? And when it does, what do you say and how can you support the grieving parents?
As a mother who has endured many miscarriages and the neonatal passing of our girl, Jude (24 weeks gestation – we got to spend 5 hours with her before we said goodbye) I am here to offer a little help.
Personal Note: Some people also like to send/receive flowers. It is personally not my favorite way to show love because it is a temporary treat. Instead I prefer plants or items with a longer lasting effect or use.
In closing, the best way to show support is just to be there. A thoughtful quote:
“The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.” – Unknown
If you are a grieving parent, visit this post to see my list of helpful healing.
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