Focus on the Family

How Family and Friends Can Help

If someone you know is facing the loss of a baby, don't retreat. They need to know you care.

by Tammy Tate, R.N., L.C.P.C.

Perhaps someone you know and love is facing the impending death of their baby. Naturally, you want to be very sensitive to their pain. Families often feel isolated and abandoned after receiving a lethal prenatal diagnosis. They may feel awkward trying to explain their baby’s condition and therefore pull away in an effort to protect their emotions.

As a family member or close friend, you may feel equally uncomfortable. You are afraid you will say the wrong thing or create an awkward silence. These situations can sometimes cause you also to retreat, but don’t. Your loved ones need you. They want to know that you care about them and their baby.

Simple ways to show you care: