The loss of a baby, either during pregnancy or as an infant, is an extremely sad reality nobody ever hopes to face. But the fact is, 1 out of every 4 women in the United States has suffered from a miscarriage or infant loss, and the feeling of loneliness that comes with it, can often be even more overwhelming than the loss itself. So what can you do if someone close to you loses a baby?
If someone close to you loses a baby, don’t avoid it. A woman becomes a mother the day she finds out she is pregnant. The loss of a baby is no different to a woman than the loss of her spouse or any other child. Yes, it is extremely sad, but here are some things you can do for someone who has lost an infant.
Acknowledge Their Loss
- Give them a call
- Send them a card
- Give them a gift of remembrance, like our Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Gift Boxes.
- And always remember to call their baby by name!
- Don’t complain about your own pregnancy or fussy little ones
- Avoid stereotypical phrases or opinions, like “Everything will be ok,” or “Everything happens for a reason.”
- Remember the dads and siblings too!
Check In With Them
- Make them dinner or send a gift card for take out
- Check in with them days, weeks, months & even years later
- Remember their angelversaries!
Again, simply find ways to include their little one in the conversation. Avoiding the topic is more hurtful than anything. If it feels too awkward for you in person, then send it in the mail, but always let them know you’re thinking of them and the loss of their sweet little one.
Pregnancy and infant loss were always a taboo topic in the past, but now, thanks to online platforms and social media, women are feeling more and more comfortable sharing their stories and it’s our turn to help them spread the light of their little ones.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
In on October 15, 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared the month of October “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.” He stated, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world.”
Send a Sympathy Gift Box to Someone You Know Who Lost a Little One
So for this month, we are helping people spread kindness and sincere thoughts for pregnancy and infant loss by sharing a beautiful infant loss remembrance gift. This baby loss gift idea is a great way to send your heartfelt condolences, acknowledge their loss, and send them your love. You can send one today via the link below, and let them know, that even though they were only carried for a moment, they will be loved for a lifetime!