What can I do?

When a close friend or family member has suffered a pregnancy or infant loss, we're often uncertain of how to best support them. Many people have come to Empty Arms asking, “What can I do?” Most of us feel unprepared to support a family through this difficult experience.

In addition, if you’ve come to this site, it’s likely that you may be grieving yourself for the baby who has died. Trying to find the balance of being sad yourself, and also feeling sad for and wanting to help the baby’s parents, can be a challenge.

It’s our hope that the three options below will provide you with some starting material for navigating this difficult course. We also suggest that you read through some of the resources intended for parents to help to get a sense of what your loved one may be experiencing. Lastly, please know that Empty Arms is a resource for you, too. You are more than welcome to reach out by phone or email and someone will get back to you soon to personally guide you as best as we are able.

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How to help yourself & The family you love

When a close friend or family member has suffered a pregnancy or infant loss, we're often uncertain of how to best support them.

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What to say and do (and not to say!)

How to comfort the bereaved without hurting them further.