READ: 5 easy ways to help ease the pain for grieving mums and dads this Christmas

A bereaved mum has shared her advice on how best to support parents who have lost their children this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time, where we eat too much food, play too many games, and laugh too loudly.

But, most importantly of all, it’s a time for family - which is why it can be so incredibly hard for parents who have tragically lost their children.

So how can we help them through the festive season?

By showing compassion to a bereaved heart, that’s how.

In fact there are five ways in which we can help ease the pain for a grieving mother or father this Christmas, which were shared in a popular Facebook post last year.

And the advice, which is sweet, simple, and to-the-point, really helps others to understand how best to help bereaved parents through what is sure to be a difficult time.

It advises..

  1. Include the baby/child’s name in your holiday card. Dude, it’s easy! All you have to say is ‘remembering…. with you.’

  2. Be awesome and accept that they may not want to attend the family Christmas lunch this year.

  3. You don’t have to think of something incredibly profound to say to them. Just be there to listen to them.

  4. Give a gift to a disadvantaged child in memory of your friend’s baby.

  5. Most of the time a bereaved parent just wants to know that their baby or child is not forgotten, and that their short life meant something. So speak their child’s name. You are not reminding your friend or family member of their loss.

Trust me, they have not forgotten

Showing compassion to a bereaved heart this holiday season...May this season be gentle, and provide an abundance of blessings!

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