Every parent fears losing a child, particularly when the child is an infant. They seem so small and fragile, and they can't tell us when something is wrong. Sadly, the infant mortality rate in the United States is higher than most other developed nations. The hardest part is letting go of that tiny life that you carried with you. At the funeral, many parents choose to give a eulogy to memorialise their infant's brief life.
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Jot down a few of your favourite things about the infant. If she lived long enough to have developed her own unique personality, write about that as well as her physical characteristics. She was special to her family as a person, not just as a baby. The eulogy should celebrate her short life as well as mourn her loss.
Write more notes about what he meant to you, and to his parents if he wasn't your baby. If he was the long-anticipated sibling for an older brother, for example, it is fine to mention that as long as it won't make the pain worse for the family. His brief life was a gift to his family and community.
Quote a comforting religious passage if the family subscribes to a particular religion. Find a passage in scripture or the family's religious text of choice that highlights a message of hope. The only thing you and the rest of the family may have to cling to is the hope of being reunited in the afterlife, if you are a believer. Reassure everyone present that this parting, while terrible, is only temporary.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the eulogy short so that you do not prolong the family's pain. The eulogy is often the most painful part of the funeral.
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