(PRWEB) April 17, 2003
Has this ever happened to you? Someone you care aboutÂ-a family member, a friend or an acquaintance-- has lost a child and you donÂt know what to say or do to comfort their grief. As MotherÂs Day approaches, even though they are heavy on your heart, your fear and discomfort drives you into silence and you end up saying and doing nothing at all.
The Comfort Company, an online retailer of unique sympathy gifts, recently conducted a web-based survey asking grieving mothers, "What can others say, do or give that would bring you comfort on MotherÂs Day?". Over 80 percent of the nearly 100 respondents answered, "Recognize that I am a mother" to the question. In addition, nearly every mother surveyed wanted their loss to be remembered with a card, a phone call, a gift or a hug. Over half of the motherÂs surveyed considered MotherÂs Day to be their most difficult holiday.
In response to the heartfelt answers given by the survey participants, http://www.thecomfortcompany.net has issued a list of the ten most important things we can do to help a grieving mother find comfort this MotherÂs Day:
1. Recognize that they are a mother: Offer a hug and a "Happy MotherÂs Day". Send a simple MotherÂs Day card to let them know you remember that they are a mother even though their child is not with them physically.
2. Acknowledge that they have had a loss: Express the message, "I know this might be a difficult day for you. I want you to know that I am thinking about you today." Removing the wall of silence gives a grieving mother permission to talk about her child.
3. Use their childÂs name in conversation: Saying the name of a child who has died is like music to a grieving mothers ears. One mother suggested, "Say his name and ask me my fondest memory of him from past MotherÂs Days".
4. Plant a living memorial: This is a wonderful day to plant a tree or flower bulbs in memory of the child. This is something that will live on as a beautiful reminder in the years to come.
5. Visit the gravesite: Many mothers felt that it was "extremely thoughtful" when others visited their childÂs gravesite and left flowers or a small pebble near the headstone.
6. Light a candle: Let the mother know you will light a candle in memory of her child on MotherÂs Day.
7. Share a memory or pictures of the child: Give the precious gift of a memory. One mother expressed "the greatest gift you can give is a heart felt letter about my child and your most lovely moments with him".
8. Send a gift of remembrance: Many mothers suggested appropriate gifts of remembrance that would bring them comfort. These items included: an angel statue, a piece of jewelry, a memory box, a memorial candle, a picture frame, a library book donation, an ornament, anything personalized with the childÂs name or a date, books on grief, a garden stone or a toy donation in the childÂs name.
9. DonÂt try to minimize the loss: Avoid using any cliches that attempts to explain the death of a child. ("God needed another angel.") Secondly, donÂt try to find anything positive about the loss ("You still have two healthy children" or "SheÂs in a better place").
10. Encourage Self-Care: Self-care is an important aspect of the "healing the mind and spirit effort" according to several mothers. Encourage a grieving mother to take care of herself. Give her a gift certificate to a day spa or any place where she can be pampered and take her mind off of her grief if only for an hour.
For more information or to obtain additional grief-related resources, please visit: http://www.thecomfortcompany.net.