If you've ever experienced the loss of a loved one, you understand all too well that certain dates on the calendar are tougher to get past than others. For grieving parents, due dates, death anniversaries, holidays, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be some of the toughest times.
As Mother’s Day approaches, you may be feeling a little helpless about what to say or do for a mom friend who is grieving the loss of her baby. So, instead of just avoiding the topic around those friends, I've come up with a few ideas for gifts that a grieving mom or dad might appreciate. This can make it easier to support your friend without feeling like you have to say or do something to ease the tension for them.
1. Memorial Candle with Keepsake Charm
This darling little candle with hidden keepsake charm inside is a great reminder of the light that keeps burning inside of us for our lost loved ones. Grieving parents can light the candle on birthdays, death anniversaries, or anytime they are missing their baby. Once the candle is spent, the included wood tongs will help them retrieve the hidden charm at the bottom of the jar - a special token to keep forever
2. Willow Tree Angel Embrace
Willow Tree is known for their gorgeous creations, and this one is definitely one of my favorites among their collection. This would be a beautiful keepsake gift for a friend or family member who has experienced the loss of a child.
3. Printable Baby Loss Artwork
I love this printable artwork from Etsy seller HipInkHooray. It can be completely customizeable for the sweet babe that has been lost. It’s simple and beautiful, and you can print it yourself and pair it with a gorgeous frame to create a quick but thoughtful gift for a friend going through a loss.
4. Memorial Keepsake Ornament
This beautiful ornament is one of my favorite items that I create because it includes an infant loss quote that I find so special and comforting. This is a saying that I say over and over again on my own hard days, and I know it brings a lot of comfort to other loss moms and dads. This ornament design can be customized in whatever color combos you'd like (or even with multiple butterflies) and is a simple and beautiful way to keep your loved ones close. It’s not just for the holidays, but looks beautiful hanging on your wall or in a memorial shelf year round
5. Memorial Angel Peg Doll
These darling, hand-painted memorial peg dolls are crafted by my good friend Erin over at MyPrettyPeggy. Erin is also a loss mom, and pours her heart and tons of talent into creating these tiny yet beautiful remembrance dolls for grieving mamas.
I hope this list will give you some ideas if you're looking for a gift for a grieving mom in your life. These are simple, and meaningful options that any loss mom or dad will treasure for a lifetime.
Are you dealing with your own loss? Maybe you're years past the event and it's still with you. That's completley okay. Everyone deals with greif in their own way, and on their own timetable. Please reach out to someone to talk about your experience if you're struggling. It will never be okay that they're gone, but it will get easier.
All my love,