Every year in July, Bereaved Parents Awareness Month is observed worldwide. This observance is dedicated to raising awareness about the grief parents experience after the unfortunate loss of a child and the type of support needed to overcome this indescribable grief.
The grief of losing a child is unimaginable. Whether the loss was recent or decades ago, the pain experienced by parents who have lost a child never fully goes away. However, if you have never gone through something so heart-wrenching, it may be hard to know exactly what to say to parents whose baby has died. But during this difficult time, it is important for parents to know that they are loved and supported by the people closest to them.
It can be difficult for a lot of people to talk about grief openly and many people feel like the topic is too personal or too private. Even though talking about the events that caused grief is crucial to recovery, people are reluctant to do so. Consequently, if you are a grieving parent, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Social support becomes more important than ever during times of grief.
And lastly, don’t forget about dad! Often, grieving fathers feel left out of all the support their partners get. Friends and family may ask him about his partner but not about how he’s doing. So, please be sure to include him as a grieving parent.