Five Ways You Can Support a Grieving Parent and Their Family

In yesterday’s post I confessed I can look for excuses not to reach out.

When I feel like what I may say or do might make things worse instead of better it’s particularly intimidating.

Child loss is a uniquely challenging event for friends and family and even when someone longs to “be there” for the bereaved parents or siblings, they are often afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing.

So here are five very practical, very helpful ways to support a grieving parent and their family.

❤ Melanie

It’s oh, so hard to know what to do when you are watching a heart break.

You want to reach out and make it better, make the pain go away, make a difference.  But it seems like nothing you can do will matter much in the face of such a huge loss.

While it’s true that you cannot “fix”  the brokenness in a bereaved parent’s life, there are some very important and practical ways you can support them in their grief.

Read the rest here: Five Practical Ways to Support a Grieving Parent

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.

One thought on “Five Ways You Can Support a Grieving Parent and Their Family”

  1. I’ve been following your blog for about 3 weeks now. I can’t tell you how affirming it is, because what you write is what I could have written as well. My son Isaac died at age 23, 19 years ago this week. Each blog continues to represent what I feel, even 19 years later. My son Luke died 5 years ago (in June) and I have gone through the grief process for another child all over again. However, each anniversary of any event is now grieving for both. It’s not a life I chose, but then again it is the life I chose when we decided to follow God’s indication that we should have children. We just didn’t expect this as the end result and I know I’ll never get used to it. Tears in my soul flood my face again this week as I review again the week before Isaac died. Of course I look through photos, and there is Luke as well. Our family shrunk from 3 children to 1.


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