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Supporting a Loved One Through Pregnancy Loss - For Friends and Family

If you know someone who has miscarried, you may have trouble figuring out what to say if you have no personal experience with pregnancy loss. The most important thing is to let your friend or loved one know that you are there for them if they need to talk. Learn more about the experience of miscarriage here and how to support someone who is grieving a pregnancy loss.

Resources for Friends and Family
A list of resources for family and friends supporting a loved one through pregnancy loss to help with their own grief, coping, and helpful ideas about helping your friend or family member.

Men And Pregnancy Loss
Men's experience with pregnancy loss is often overlooked. Here you'll find an overview of many stages of coping and suggestions for actions you can take to help yourself and your wife or girlfriend survive the emotional struggle of losing a baby.

Coping with Fathers’ Day After Pregnancy Loss
Tips for coping with Fathers' Day after you and your partner have experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, or other pregnancy loss.

What Can Friends and Family Do for a Woman after a Miscarriage?
Feeling helpless is one of the worst feelings in the world. But when someone you love has suffered a loss, it’s also the most common feeling. You’d like to help, but you don’t know how. Here are some simple things you can do to help when someone you know has had a miscarriage.

Grandparents’ Grief
If your daughter has just gone through a pregnancy loss, you're probably experiencing some feelings of grief yourself. You're also wondering what you can do to help your own child as she copes with the loss of her own. Find tips here.

Being a Friend to Someone Who Had a Pregnancy Loss
It's easy to feel out of place when your friend has a pregnancy loss, but not only will your comfort and support be welcome, you could make a real difference in your friend's life at this difficult time.

When Your Employee Returns to Work After a Pregnancy Loss
Suggestions for employers who have an employee returning to work after time off due to a pregnancy loss, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or therapeutic termination.

Same-Sex Couples and Pregnancy Loss
Same-sex couples face challenges becoming pregnant, so a pregnancy loss can present special challenges for coping, and requires special sensitivity from health-care practitioners.

Christmas Gifts After a Pregnancy Loss?
Choosing a Christmas gift for someone who has lost a baby can be difficult. Here is a list of gift ideas, sorted by what kind of griever your loved one is.

How Do You Start Over With a Friend After a Pregnancy Loss?
A pregnancy loss can strain friendships, and it can seem impossible to get relationships back in order down the road. Here you'll find tips for grieving moms and for friends to rebuild their friendship after a pregnancy loss.

Vacationing After Pregnancy Loss
Your first trip after the death of a baby can be a welcome and refreshing relief from grief, but it comes with emotional pitfalls of its own. Learn more about what to expect and how to prepare yourself.

Filing Taxes After Pregnancy Loss
Learn about filing your taxes after experiencing a pregnancy loss, like a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. If your child was born alive for any length of time you may qualify for a child tax credit.

Mothers’ Day Card Ideas After Pregnancy Loss
Suggestions for what to write in a Mothers' Day card to someone in your life who has had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or other pregnancy loss.

What Do I Say in a Remembrance/Anniversary Card?
If you're considering sending a card to your friend on the anniversary of her baby's death, you may be wondering what the right words to write are. Find suggestions here.

Talk to Someone Who Has Miscarried
If you know someone who has had a miscarriage, here are some important facts to know about pregnancy loss as you try to support your friend or relative.

What to Say Miscarriage - Thoughts on What to Say to Someone …
There's a lot out there on the Internet about what not to say to someone who has had a miscarriage. But in your experience, what is a GOOD thing to say to someone who has miscarriage? Share your thoughts here.

Miscarriage Gifts to Avoid
It's very thoughtful of you to consider giving a gift to your friend or relative who has suffered a miscarriage, but it's important to be careful when selecting appropriate miscarriage gifts. Here are some specific suggestions of gifts to avoid for couples grieving a pregnancy loss.

Gifts After Miscarriage - What to Give and What Not to Give as Gifts …
What advice would you give to a person who is looking for a supportive condolence gift for someone who has had a miscarriage? Are there specific gifts you received after your miscarriage that were especially meaningful, or do you have thoughts on gifts to avoid after miscarriage? Post your thoughts.

Choose a Gift For Someone Who Has Had a Pregnancy Loss
Looking for a good gift for someone who has had a miscarriage or stillbirth? Pregnancy loss cards, miscarriage jewelry, charitable donations, and planting a tree are all good ideas for how to offer show sympathy and honor your friend, coworker, or relative's baby.

What is Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss? An Overview
Wondering what, exactly, is involved in a miscarriage? Read an explanation of the basics in order to better understand the experience of your friend or loved one who had a pregnancy loss.

What to Do If Your Friend Miscarries While You Are Pregnant
If you are currently pregnant but have a friend going through a miscarriage or stillbirth, here are some important things to keep in mind when you talk to her.

Should I Encourage My Grieving Friend to Talk About the Pregnancy Loss?
After a miscarriage or stillbirth, some grieving parents may wish to talk about their feelings whereas others may prefer to avoid the subject. Here are some tips in how to talk to your friend to find out what he or she prefers.

Signs of Anxiety Disorders
Are you worried about that your friend or loved one may have a stress or anxiety disorder after a miscarriage? Learn the symptoms.

What to Say When a Friend or Relative Has Had a Pregnancy Loss
After a miscarriage or pregnancy loss, your friend or relative needs your support. Learn what to say, what to avoid doing, and how you can give your friend or relative space if she needs to grieve the loss of her pregnancy.

What Not to Say to Your Friend/Loved One Experiencing a Miscarriage
You may find yourself struggling to think of the right thing to say when someone close to you loses a pregnancy, especially if you have no personal miscarriage experience. Most of the time, all you need to say to your friend or loved one is that you are there if she (or he) needs to talk. Try to avoid giving advice or saying anything that minimizes the loss. Sometimes, some comments may come across as being hurtful even if not intended that way.

When a Friend Is Grieving
Get some helpful tips for how to act when someone close to you is grieving.

Signs of Anxiety Disorders
After a miscarriage or stillbirth, some people develop anxiety or stress disorders -- sometimes even post-traumatic stress disorder. If your loved one is displaying these symptoms, it may help to gently suggest counseling.

The Dos and Don'ts of Visiting Someone in the Hospital
If your friend or loved one suffered a neonatal loss or stillbirth and you will be visiting her in the hospital, have a look at these pointers before you go.

How to Write a Condolence Letter
If you are at a loss for what to say, consider sending a letter of sympathy. Here is how to write one.

"Being There" for Someone Who Has Lost a Child
This ParentMap article offers some tips for how friends and family can support someone who has had a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Supporting Friends and Family Through a Loss
The American Pregnancy Association discusses the best ways to offer support and offers resource recommendations for friends and family. The article also lists some suggestions for how to prepare before visiting a friend or relative after a pregnancy loss.

Grieving Grandparents Talk
A forum for grandparents to talk about their feelings of loss, and what it's like to support a son or daughter during a pregnancy loss.

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