Losing a child is difficult enough on a normal day, but something about the holidays, especially Christmas, seems to amplify this difficulty. This is especially true the first Christmas a parent has to deal with the death of a child. Christmas gifts for bereaved parents do not have to be elaborate, they probably would not want them to be. Instead, try to think of little things that will comfort the parent and offer some type of joy.
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Each year, buy the parent an ornament and have it engraved with the child's name. This gives the parents something to look forward to each year when putting up the tree. This works best if you are close enough to the bereaved parent to give them a gift on a yearly basis. This type of gift might also allow the parents to feel as if they are receiving a new gift every year for their child and that their child has not been forgotten.
Have a plaque or a frame engraved with a special saying or poem to let the parents know that their child is happy and is with them in memory. You might consider using a special Christmas theme that the parents can take out only at Christmas. Like the Christmas ornaments, this type of gift gives the parents something to look forward to every year as they put up their Christmas decorations. This gift will be kept for years to come.
Some bereaved parents just can not celebrate Christmas at all. For these parents a special trip away or at least a nice night out would be a beneficial gift. If they have other children, arrange a babysitter and give the parents some time off and some time together. A good idea for a Christmas trip gift would be a cabin rental in the mountains or even a beach vacation somewhere sunny and warm.
If the parents have other children, offer to do Christmas for them. Preparing Christmas festivities can be difficult, so give the parents a year off as a gift. Buy the family a pre-decorated tree and buy presents for the entire family. This is an idea that a group of friends or a family may want to work together on and all pitch in to provide more gifts and even Christmas dinner.
Self, Time and Love
After the death of a child, things around the house may go undone for a while. A great gift to give a parent is the gift of self in which you volunteer to do things for the parent, such as clean the house, put up Christmas decorations, take their kids to school and arrange dinners. You may also consider giving the parent a gift of time in which you take them out to dinner and just spend some time listening to them.
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