I am often asked for ideas on what to give someone who has experienced pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant or child. I wish this question never had to come up but am so glad there are thoughtful people out there who want to do something to ease the pain of others.
I thought I would put together a list of my favorite products and ideas I have come across over the years that may bring comfort to someone who is grieving.
1. Molly Bear- Molly Bears is a non-profit founded by a fellow loss mom who creates bears the exact weight of your infant at the time they passed. Words can’t express the feelings that rushed over me the first time I lifted my bear out of its box.
2. Footprint ring- Lauren Nicole LLC makes a gorgeous ring with the actual footprint of your child. She also does quite a bit of customized jewelry so if you do not have a print you could have the child’s name put on a necklace or bracelet.
3. Angel wing necklace- A friend recently pinned this necklace from the Vintage Pearl for me on Pinterest and it is now on my wish list. It would also be a great gift for someone who suffered a loss during pregnancy and may not have prints or a name to create something personalized.
4. Lost for Words card line- The very talented Carly Marie Dudley and Franchesca Cox teamed up to create beautiful cards for all occasions of loss. They have found the words for subjects that are hard to talk about for many.
5. Memory Box- There are personalized memory boxes you can order but there are also pretty boxes you can purchase anywhere. After you lose a baby there can be so few precious things to keep, giving someone a beautiful place to keep them is such a thoughtful gift.
6. Entwined ring- Unfortunately, multiple pregnancies are at a higher risk of loss. If you know someone who has lost one or more in a set of twins or triplets these rings from Nelle and Lizzy are perfect. I have one entwining the names of my triplets and I couldn’t love it more.
7. Name In the Sand- I cannot say enough about this gift. Carly Marie, the founder of this site will write the name of a lost child in the sand on the shores of a gorgeous beach in Australia and photograph it for you. This was one of the first things I had done to remember Hadley and I will always treasure it.
Ultimately, any small gesture will mean so much to a family that is struggling through grief. The most important thing you can do is acknowledge their loss and let them know you are there for support when they need you.
I was not compensated in anyway for mentioning any of these companies, I have just spent four years trying to find ways to hold on to my daughter’s memory and these are the products I have loved the most.
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