Grief can be extremely lonesome and overwhelming for families suffering the loss of a child. When someone you know loses a child, it is extremely important for them to feel supported and loved by family and friends. However, it is not always easy to know what to do, how to help, or what to provide for them during this time. We are going to go over 5 uncommon, but thoughtful, ways to show support to someone who is dealing with the loss of a child.
When working through a major loss like this, even something as simple as cooking or grocery shopping can seem almost impossible. It is no secret that commonly during the early stages of grief, the bereaved can forget to eat. To help combat this struggle, consider sending your loved one DoorDash credits. These credits allow them to have ready-to-eat meals delivered directly to their door. This option may appeal to individuals who don’t want to feel like a ‘burden’ to their family and friends during the grieving process but still makes a powerful impact on their health and well-being.
The family will be grieving and dealing with a lot at the moment and taking care of everyday tasks, such as cleaning the home, could definitely be thrown on the back-burner. Providing extra help to maintain a clean home can really make a positive impact on the family. If hiring a cleaning service is not within the budget, you can always offer to personally help tidy up their space.
A simple step to go above and beyond a traditional framed image is to gift the grieving family with a hand drawn sketch of their child or a water-color family portrait. This allows them to keep the memory of their lost one alive with a unique touch. Many online websites, such as Etsy, provide a wide variety of options for personalized art directed towards grieving families.
During the grieving process it can truly be a challenge to take care of yourself. By gifting your loved one with a gift card that encourages self-care, it gives them an opportunity to feel pampered and take a moment for themselves. If you are not sure what to be looking for, we have some great options for you to choose from below:
Consider gifting the grieving family with a custom handmade piece of jewelry. A necklace with their lost one’s name engraved on it allows them to still hold them close to their heart and keep their memory alive in a small, but powerful way. Of course, there are also custom ring and bracelet options too, if you think that fits their style better.
The most important thing is that you are present, understanding, and provide them with the love they deserve. It is natural to have some anxiety about possibly saying something wrong, but trust us, if you trust your instincts and have good intentions, you have nothing to worry about.