P R E G N A N C Y L O S S S U P P O R T
No one is ever deliberately unkind or insensitive to someone who has lost a baby. Most people, even those very close, have no idea of what to do or say. There really is nothing that can be done to "make the person better" but this page outlines some suggestions as to how to treat those who are left brokenhearted by the loss of their baby.
#1 TIP - Save the sermon. At the recent loss of her baby, the sentiment that will console a grieving mother the most is...
I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am sorry your baby died. I wish that this had never happened to you.
Interacting with pregnant women and newborns will be very difficult for some time.
Dads so often feel forgotten in the loss of their child. Most people realise the physical and emotional pain of the mother but feel that the father did not really "know" the baby. Just as there are "Expectant Moms" there are "Expectant Dads". From the beginning, Dads adjust their lives to incorporate their new child. Emotional, mental, and financial considerations and changes are made. They have their special hopes, and dreams. The baby learns the tone of their voice and responds. The whole new direction their life would have taken, has been suddenly and completely destroyed. The tips above apply to Dads too.
Moms and Dads may not deal with the loss in the same way and need to be given the support that they each require, for the duration that is needed.
To help a child who might have been close to the baby (sibling, cousin etc) consider the following: