Anne Arundel County Chapter of
The Bereaved Parents of the USA

Tips for Dealing with Bereaved Parents

When our child dies, many of our relatives, friends, and colleagues don't know what to say or do to help us. They often don't say or do anything, for fear of getting it wrong and hurting or offending us. However, this silence further isolates us in our grief and makes our experience even more painful. In other cases, in their anxiety, they will say or do something inappropriate, insenstive, or even hurtful.

We have gathered on these next pages some of the advice and wisdom that we and others have found useful in dealing with bereaved parents.

An Open Letter to Bereaved Parents

My Friend is Hurting What Can I Say or Do?

Helping Bereaved Parents: Do's and Don'ts

How to Help Grieving People

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