Why Bereaved Parents Month?

There are so many competing causes it’s a wonder anyone can keep up with them.

But when one or more of them become near and dear to your heart, it’s easy.

July is Bereaved Parents Month. A designation I knew nothing about until several years into my own journey as a bereaved parent.

And while I’m unsure about the necessity for declarations like National Trivia Day or National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day I am absolutely convinced of the need for Bereaved Parents Month.

This is why: Child loss is unlike any other loss a person may experience. It is out-of-order death, unnatural, unexpected and unfathomable.

Every day, bereaved parents are walking in the world, going to work , doing all that life requires and often caring for their other children while carrying a very heavy burden that mostly goes unnoticed.

Many parents desperately want to speak about their missing child but feel constrained by fear others will think they are vying for sympathy or attention. Sometimes they don’t say anything because they’ve been shamed or shushed by negative comments on their social media posts. Still others are longing to find a community where their uniquely painful experience is understood.

Bereaved Parents Month is an opportunity for these parents to share their child with the world without fear or condemnation.

It’s a chance to post articles, information and personal experience that can help those outside the circle of child loss understand the ongoing struggle of walking this path.

Hopefully it is also a season where newly bereaved parents can find resources so their own hearts feel heard, understood and encouraged.

So if you ARE a bereaved parent, please take advantage of this month set aside to raise awareness of our journey.

If you LOVE a bereaved parent, please acknowledge and affirm your friend or family member who may choose to share in person or online a little more freely this month.

Hearts hold on best when they are free to tell their story.

Bereaved Parents Month is set aside for us to tell ours.

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

7 thoughts on “Why Bereaved Parents Month?”

  1. My husband and I lost our only son to murder May 22, 2022… there will never be another grandson to carry out our family tree. Our son was 23 years old. We have a daughter and she has a son… so we are making the best of our broken 💔 hearts. So sorry for everyone ‘s sadness 😥.

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    1. I am so very sorry for your pain and your loss. It’s a hard, hard road to walk. Praying you feel the Father’s loving arms around you and that He overwhelms your heart with His grace and mercy. ❤


  2. Thank you so much for your blog. You have a way of saying what’s in my heart about the loss of my daughter Christy. I have been walking in is this “fog” for almost 9 years on July 19th. Cancer stole hurt from our family and our family has never been the same. Have a blessed day my sister in grief💕💔💕


  3. It is one year ago today when a friend of my son lost his life in a horrific motor vehicle accident. Everyone who knew that lovely young man was devastated and I felt so much sympathy for his parents and the brother and sister he left behind.
    It never crossed my mind that five months later the same thing would happen to us, the only difference being that our son was also our only child.
    It is such an incredibly difficult life that we are now living and so hard to comprehend what has happened.
    Stumbling across this site is strangely comforting. Thank you for having the courage to share your story.

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