The holidays are an extended period of time when parents grappling with the natural grief from the death of a child need support and understanding. Here are 10 ways relatives and friends can make the holidays just a little gentler. These 10 ways of supporting the family come from The Compassionate Friends, the world's largest self help support organization with more than 600 chapters blanketing the United States.
Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) December 9, 2008 -- When a child has died, friends and relatives often have no idea how to provide support to the family during the stressful holiday season.
Following are 10 ways The Compassionate Friends, the world's largest self-help support organization for bereaved families, suggests for you to help families that are going through the natural grieving process after the death of a child.
1) Expect the unexpected. The family has no road map of how to survive the holidays when they are living the nightmare of losing a child. Show patience and understanding.
2) Take up a collection to give the family. The unexpected expenses involved with the death of a child may stretch the family budget to the limit during the holidays.
3) The family has no doubt had its share of casseroles. Why not offer to provide them a holiday dinner with all the trimmings? You may cook it with love yourself or you can order and then pick one up at many grocery stores for as little as $50.
4) If their home is where everyone would have gathered to celebrate the holidays, ask them if they would mind if you host the get together.
5) If there are surviving children, the parents may feel the need to decorate the home as they've done in the past. Offer to help them with this task. If there are no plans to decorate, you may offer them a battery powered or electric candle and suggest that they place it in their window, in memory of the child who died.
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