List of Helpful Gifts for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Baby

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List of Helpful Gifts for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Baby
Listening to a grieving parent's fears and concerns is often an appreciated gift. (man talking on the phone image by hava from Fotolia.com)

Finding the right way to show your support for a parent or family who has recently lost a baby is often challenging. While it may be temping to present the parent with a loving or thoughtful gift, such as flowers, the gift that most grieving parents need is emotional support and a chance to mourn and memorialise the loss of their child.

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Basic Supplies

Offer to assist the grieving parent with basic daily tasks. Purchase a gift card for a local grocery store or bring groceries to the parents' house. Bring over home cooked meals for the grieving family to eat or provide gift cards to restaurants that they enjoy. Contact a maid or cleaning service and arrange for them to visit the parents' home for a house cleaning. Take their dirty laundry home to wash or drop their clothing off at a dry cleaners. Ask the parents if there are any other errands that need to be run or any household supplies that they need.

Memorial Donation

Donate money to a charity in memory of the parents' child. Consider donating to a local hospital or hospice care service, as many local charities often provide a memorial token when money is donated after a death. National charities such as the Make-a-Wish foundation accept memorial donations as well and typically send out memorial cards to the grieving parents, upon request, letting them know that money has been donated to honour their lost child.

Pampering Gifts

Provide the parents with simple, nice items to help them relax and learn to enjoy life again. Purchase a gift card to a local salon or spa, or give a small item such as new cologne, soft pyjamas or a funny movie. Offer to arrange a short trip for the grieving parents so they have something to look forward to in the upcoming months, or plan a vacation for you and the grieving parent to a place you have always wanted to go together, though you should be sure to discuss your idea with the parents before making definite plans.

Time

One of the most valuable gifts you can give a grieving parent is the gift of your time. Offer to spend time taking care of any older children to allow the parents time to accomplish other tasks or to grieve in private. Volunteer your time to help the parents make phone calls or write thank you letters to others who have sent gifts. Travel to the airport to pick up relatives and far away friends who come to town for the funeral. Let the parents know that you are always available to listen to their concerns.

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